Cuomo Pushes Back on Trump’s Threat To Withhold COVID-19 Vaccine From NY Until the Governor Approves

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) is hitting back at President Donald Trump after the president made a threat over COVID-19 vaccine distribution to his state.

Following the president’s vaccine threat, Cuomo responded on CNN’s “The Situation Room” Friday calling Trump’s remarks “untrue” and that Trump “luckily” will not “be here” when the vaccine is made available.

“He tries to bully people,” the New York governor later added. “He tries to bully governors, he uses government as a retaliatory tool… I’m not going to let a bully push New Yorkers around, period.”

Cuomo similarly told MSNBC during an appearance, “The American people trust the drug company more than they trust the president.”

Watch Cuomo’s response below:

During Friday’s press conference in the Rose Garden, Trump said that “as soon as April” a COVID-19 vaccine will be made widely available, before taking aim at Cuomo.

“[Cuomo] doesn’t trust where the vaccine is coming from,” Trump said. “These are coming from the greatest companies anywhere in the world, greatest labs in the world, but he doesn’t trust the fact that it’s this White House, this administration, so we won’t be delivering it to New York until we have authorization to do so, and that pains me to say that.”

Trump added, “Gov. Cuomo will have to let us know when he’s ready for it. Otherwise, we can’t be delivering it to a state that won’t be giving it to its people.”

See Trump’s comments below:

The comments between the two come shortly after Pfizer announced on Nov. 9 that early data from its coronavirus vaccine trial showed positive efficacy “in preventing COVID-19 in participants without evidence of prior SARS-CoV-2 infection in the first interim efficacy analysis,” as IJR previously reported. Pfizer is working with BioNTech.

Following the announcement, Cuomo called it “good news/bad news,” as IJR also reported.

The governor said during a “Good Morning America” interview, “The good news is the Pfizer tests look good and we’ll have a vaccine shortly. The bad news is that it’s about two months before Joe Biden takes over and that means this administration is going to be implementing a vaccine plan.”

He also called the Trump administration’s vaccination plan “flawed.”

Cuomo previously suggested that the American people should be “very skeptical” about the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) approval process of a coronavirus vaccine.

He laid out New York’s plan where the state will put together its own group of doctors and medical experts to determine if the vaccine is safe and “and if they say it’s safe then I’ll go to the people of New York and I will say, ‘It’s safe,'” he previously told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos.


  1. Walter Mitty your source American independent wants donations to support progressive journalism. Really a site to look for facts. Just like your asswipe sources from Scotland you have referred to.

    Again shorty, whatever you say.

  2. Walter Mitty try this from the Libbys’ buddy Fauci

  3. “And General Confusion’s comment is ignorant and plain stupid as usual.” Lying Paul The Emeffer

    Oh really?

    “IN FEBRUARY, Klain testified before the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on how to face the coronavirus crisis, specifically criticizing Donald Trump’s early restrictions on Chinese travelers, which Trump has bragged about repeatedly as paramount to his botched pandemic response.

    “Unless we think that the color of the passport someone carries is a meaningful public health restriction, we have not placed a meaningful public health restriction,” he said at the time, noting that Americans were allowed to travel back and forth between the two countries freely at that same time.” American Independent

    You can find his testimony, as well. Read it. You may actually learn something, liar. King Donald The Loser’s total incompetence got a quarter of a million Americans killed, on American soil, unnecessarily and there is nothing that you can say out loud or think in your most private, weird thoughts that can change that fact.

  4. Looks like all the libbys here are ignorant fools but we all know that. And Walter Mitty’s comment is ignorant and plain stupid as usual.

    Phyllis here you go:

    But I am sure you wont accept it as factual.

  5. It’s a bit comical that some people still cling to the idea that the China ban has done anything to slow the spread of this disease in our country. It ended up doing nothing at all to stop the spread. Not a single life was spared because of it.

    At best, it could have helped the initial spread if we had used the slight delay in the first few weeks by establishing rigorous testing and tracing procedures, but our president figured that his ban was all that needed to be done and then he just washed his hands of the whole situation.

    Instead of making our great country with its vast resources the example of how to control a pandemic, we ended up being the example of what not to do. It would be embarrassing, if it weren’t so tragic. History will not be kind when this is looked at years from now. I only hope that we’re not so stupid the next time it happens.

  6. “Biden was against Trump shutting down travel from China and Europe which saved millions here and abroad.” Lying Paul The Emeffer

    You are confused by a con man.

    King Donald The Loser’s travel ban was on passports NOT infected people. Because what he did was so incompetent, he stopped a few Chinese from coming here, sure, but all of the infected Americans and Europeans going back and forth set up the United States as a huge Petrie dish. That was a brilliant move! Not.

  7. Paul, Can you find the comment from Biden expressing opposition to the “partial” travel bans for China and EU? I’ll wait.

    If you rely upon Trump for accuracy, then the virus was “under complete control” America was “rounding the corner” in respect to Covid-19. China was paying the Trump tariffs and Mexico was paying for “the wall.” Joe Biden has “dementia.” And my favorite, the Revolutionary soldiers successfully defended the AIRPORTS! Trump is not the most informed POTUS ever to hold the office.

    Also, Paul, a heads up. Trumpers are suppose to be opposed to “cancel culture.” Telling a poster they can “just STFU,” is antithetical to the Trump mantra.

  8. Jaybird what would Biden or Obama have done? Biden was against Trump shutting down travel from China and Europe which saved millions here and abroad. They fkd up with H1N1 and left supplies to be nonexistent. Trump got things moving faster than the dems ever would have.
    But Biden has all the answers which are what? For one thing he believes the first supplies of vaccine should be shared globally which is BS since the US is paying for the development of them.


  9. Phyllis…with all your factual data and logical thinking, these trumpturds will never be able to comprehend what your’re saying. They only are able to regurgitate trump propaganda.

  10. It’s very interesting that trumpturds have the nerve to talk about Cuomo when trump’s inaction in doing any kind of response to the pandemic has killed thousands of Americans. Y’all are a bunch of hypocrites and I bet the lot of you don’t wear masks! Selfish!!

  11. Phyllis no matter what you say or believe what happened happened and he had a ship and makeshift hospitals that the people could have been sent to but never happened. You live in a fantasy world.

  12. There are currently SEVEN STATES that have established review boards for the COVID vaccines before they are given to their residents. WHY would Trump single out New York?

  13. Paul, You really need to keep up to date with COVID as well as nursing home deaths. You appear to be stuck in March and April. Heads up, it is November.
    —Yes, there were COVID deaths in nursing homes in the very early stages of the pandemic. But the virus has spread and continues to spread outside of New York. The late September, 2020 COVID deaths in nursing homes puts NY below the Republican state governors of Massachusetts, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, Texas, Arizona, Alabama, Indiana, and Florida. Imagine that! Cuomo doing a better job than DeSantis and Abbott. death rate in U.S. nursing homes, as of September 27, 2020, by state
    Published by John Elflein, Oct 14, 2020
    As of September 27, 2020, there were around 125 COVID-19 deaths per 1,000 residents in nursing homes in Massachusetts. This statistic illustrates the rate of COVID-19 deaths in nursing homes in the United States as of September 27, 2020, by state.
    Rate of COVID-19 deaths among nursing home residents in the United States as of September 27, 2020, by state(per 1,000 residents)

  14. Typical loser. Forget when Cuolo claimed absolute control over the state?

    New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said Saturday he does not believe President Donald Trump has the authority to impose a quarantine on New York, New Jersey and parts of Connecticut to stop the spread of the coronavirus.
    Cuomo, in an interview with CNN, said that preventing people from moving in and out of the tri-state would amount to a federally imposed lockdown, which he believes is illegal.
    Cuomo suggested he could sue if the administration did follow through. “I’ve sued the federal government a number of times over the years. I do not believe it’s going to come to that on this,” he said.

  15. Cuomo was the one months back that made the threat no one but him could do anything in the state. So now he’s upset?

    Cuomo is an idiot.

  16. Cuomo should feel very lucky that he hasn’t been charged for murder. What he did to the elderly in nursing homes is a travesty, yet he accepts NO responsibility for the thousands of deaths. He is an embarrassment to a good part of New York State. We here in northern NY feel totally misrepresented by this idiot. If it wasn’t for his daddy being a fairly unbiased and decent governor, he would never have been elected. He is a dishonest, disingenuous disgrace. He rides on the coattails of the urban areas and should be advised to stay out of certain areas of the state where he is not welcome. I hope I live long enough to see this Bozo voted out of office. Come on up here, Frodo, and try your tough guy act. Oh, and bring Fredo with you, we’ve got some fun stuff for him, too.

  17. Cuomo should have had the same concern for the people he sent to their deaths into nursing homes. Wonder when New Yorkers will wake up and realize their state is fkd up.

  18. Another example of the pettiness of trump and the fact he was only president to those who kiss his behind!

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