Cuomo on White House visit: 'The meeting went well, I think it was productive’

Maya Rajamani
April 21, 2020 - 5:11 pm

    NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- President Donald Trump will work with New York State to double its rate of COVID-19 testing, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said after what he described as a “productive” meeting at the White House on Tuesday. 

    In an interview with MSNBC after their planned meeting, Cuomo said he and Trump had a “very good conversation.” 

    “The meeting went well, and I think it was productive. The big issue was testing. As everybody knows that’s going to be the next step as we go forward,” Cuomo said. 

    “We said that we would like to work together in New York State to take our current rate of testing — we do about 20,000 tests a day on average — and double that, to go to 40,000.” 

    "So it’s a very aggressive goal and we said that we would work together to meet that goal,” the governor added. “So we had a very good conversation.”

    Cuomo also spoke with Trump about the “the need for the states to get funding,” he said. 

    “That’s not in the current bill that Congress is considering,” the governor noted. “So the president seemed very open and understanding of that and said that the next piece of legislation that passes he’s going to be open to that.”

    The governor said he also told Trump that New York no longer needed the USNS Comfort, the navy ship the federal government sent to New York City last month to help expand its hospital capacity, adding that the government could deploy it elsewhere.