NEW York Governor Andrew Cuomo has defended President Donald Trump as he moaned about the “nastier tone” in the news media.
During an interview with WAMC radio on Monday, Cuomo claimed that at his press conferences and across the US, he’s been seeing a “disrespect that’s never existed.”
“The way they question President Trump at some of these press conferences is just – I’ve never heard that tone with the president,” Cuomo said.
The Democratic governor was asked about whether Trump “deserved” the treatment he gets from the media.
Cuomo said that there should be a “decorum” for the office of the presidency, whether you like the president or not.
He told the radio station: “There are reporters who just are unprofessional, don’t know the facts and ask really biased questions.”
“You want to say, ‘Well I don’t like the president and I disrespect him.’ I know but it’s still the office of the president.”
Last week, Cuomo came under fire for lashing out at reporters on the subject of whether New York City schools were closing because of a Covid surge.
Cuomo seemed to be unaware that schools were closing in the city – a decision made by Mayor Bill de Blasio – and appeared to snap at journalists during his briefing in Albany.
A Wall Street Journal reporter asked Cuomo to clarify if parents should expect to send their kids to school the following day.
“Let’s try not to be obnoxious and offensive in your tone,” Cuomo told the journalist.
The reporter said he was “still very confused” – to which Cuomo replied: “Then you’re confused!”
"No, [parents are] not confused. You're confused. Read the law and you won't be confused,” Cuomo said.
A New York Times reporter followed up on the question, saying during the briefing: “I think Jimmy’s correct in asking that question. I don’t think it’s obnoxious at all.
Cuomo replied: “Well, I don’t really care what you think.”
Many compared his performance at last week’s briefing to Trump’s often combative relationship with the press.
Cuomo’s 111 coronavirus press briefings from March 2 to June 19 earlier this year drew attention from throughout the US as millions of people tuned in to watch.
His performances were so beloved by many he bizarrely won an Emmy award for them at Monday's International Emmy Awards ceremony.
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Cuomo accepted the prize for his daily briefings calling it an "honor and pleasant surprise."
He bagged the Founders Award for his "leadership" during the pandemic and "masterful use of television to inform and calm people around the world."
While many praised the press conferences, others slammed him – as New York has seen more than 34,000 Covid-related deaths this year.