The outgoing US president, Donald Trump, threatened the governor of New York on Saturday not to distribute vaccines against COVID-19 in that state.
“I LOVE NEW YORK! As everyone knows, the Trump Administration has produced a large, safe VACCINE long ahead of schedule. Another Administration would have taken five years. The problem is that the governor of New York Cuomo said that he would be delayed in using it, and other states WANT IT NOW, ”the president wrote on his Twitter account.
These statements come a day after the White House tenant threatened not to distribute the first batches of the future COVID-19 vaccine to New York, in retaliation against its Governor Andrew Cuomo, who has been one of the largest critical of the Trump Administration’s handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic.
“We cannot waste time and we can only give the vaccine to those states that use it immediately. Hence the delay in New York. Many lives are to be saved, but we are prepared for when they [Nueva York] they are. Stop policing! ”, The Republican tycoon has settled in another tweet.
I LOVE NEW YORK! As everyone knows, the Trump Administration has produced a great and safe VACCINE far ahead of schedule. Another Administration would have taken five years. The problem is, @NYGovCuomo said that he will delay using it, and other states WANT IT NOW…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 14, 2020
Trump said in an interview Friday that Cuomo “doesn’t trust where the vaccine comes from. These come from the largest companies in the world. The biggest laboratories in the world, but I don’t trust the fact that it’s the White House, this Administration, so we won’t hand it over to New York until we have authorization to do so, and it pains me to say that. “
Hours later, Cuomo called Trump “incompetent, delusional and vindictive.” The governor said the president drew criticism on him because of personal and political disputes over the past four years, including disagreements over immigration policy and the federal government’s refusal to fund much-needed infrastructure projects in the region.
“That has been his modus operandiCuomo said. “Everything is personal with this president (…) He uses the Government as a retaliatory tool. That’s what he does, ”said the New York governor.
On the same Friday and shortly after Trump’s statements, New York Attorney General Letitia James warned the outgoing president that she would sue him if the future vaccine was not sent to the state.
“This is nothing more than vindictive behavior by an outgoing president trying to get revenge on those who oppose his policy,” James said.
That was the first intervention in eight days by Trump, after last Saturday the media projections considered him the loser in the November 3 elections against the Democratic candidate for the White House, Joe Biden.