New York Governor Andrew Cuomo

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Trump says Cuomo 'having total meltdown' after America 'was never that great' comment

August 16, 2018 - 10:24 am

ALBANY, N.Y. (1010 WINS/AP) -- President Donald Trump is mocking New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo's remarks that America "was never that great."  In a tweet Wednesday night, Trump repeats Cuomo's "it was never that great" comment made during a bill signing event earlier in the day. Trump then adds: "Can you believe this is the Governor of the Highest Taxed State in the U.S., Andrew Cuomo, having a total meltdown!"

Cuomo said America "was never that great'' Wednesday at a bill signing event in Manhattan mocking Trump and his slogan, "Make America Great Again.''

Cuomo said the Republican president wants to return to an era of greater sexism, racism and intolerance toward immigrants. He says America has made great strides toward equality, but that it can't consider itself great until there's full equality for all.

His press secretary later issued the following statement,"Jessica Proud, spokesperson for the Republican Party said, 'America is & always has been the greatest.' She should talk to President Trump who says make America great again - which obviously means he doesn't think it is great now." 

"Governor Cuomo disagrees with the President. The Governor believes America is great and that her full greatness will be fully realized when every man, woman, and child has full equality. America has not yet reached its maximum potential.

"When the President speaks about making America great again - going back in time - he ignores the pain so many endured and that we suffered from slavery, discrimination, segregation, sexism and marginalized women's contributions. The Governor believes that when everyone is fully included and everyone is contributing to their maximum potential, that is when America will achieve maximum greatness."

Cuomo is seeking a third term this fall and is considered a potential White House contender in 2020.

Actress Cynthia Nixon who is running for governor against Cuomo, said Cuomo is trying to sound like a progressive.

Republicans pounced on Cuomo's comments. GOP gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, said Cuomo should be ashamed and owes the nation an apology.