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MSNBC 13 Apr 2020

Cuomo Responds To Trump Claim That States 'Can't Do Anything Without His Approval'

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Gov. Andrew Cuomo of New York responds to Trump's comments about his authority as president at Monday's press briefing: "I don't know why he would say that. I don't know why he would take us down that path." Aired on 4/13/2020.
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Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Commissioner Stephen Hahn declined on Sunday to confirm or deny President Trump's claim that 99 percent of COVID-19 cases are "harmless."
Hahn was asked on CNN's "State of the Union" to respond to Trump's remarks at the White House on the Fourth of July, when he said that "99 percent of [cases] are totally harmless."
"We know that cases are surging in the country," Hahn said. "We've all seen the graphs associated with that, and it's just too early, and I'm not gonna speculate on what the causation is there."


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BUT YES, I THINK YOU CAN SAY THE WORST IS OVER.
WORST IS OVER. >> AS BRUTAL AS THIS HAS BEEN,
>> AS BRUTAL AS THIS HAS BEEN, IT DOES SEEM LIKE THE VIRUS IS
IT DOES SEEM LIKE THE VIRUS IS NO LONGER RUNNING AWAY FROM US
NO LONGER RUNNING AWAY FROM US LIKE IT WAS A FEW WEEKS AGO AND
LIKE IT WAS A FEW WEEKS AGO AND NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO
NEW YORK GOVERNOR ANDREW CUOMO JOINS ME NOW ON THE PHONE.
JOINS ME NOW ON THE PHONE. THANK YOU FOR MAKING A LITTLE
THANK YOU FOR MAKING A LITTLE TIME, GOVERNOR.
TIME, GOVERNOR. TALK TO ME MORE ABOUT THAT SORT
TALK TO ME MORE ABOUT THAT SORT OF THREATENINGD THREATENING THE
OF THREATENINGD THREATENING THE MAYBE WE PASSED THE PEAK AND NOT
MAYBE WE PASSED THE PEAK AND NOT WANTING TO TAKE YOUR FOOT OFF
WANTING TO TAKE YOUR FOOT OFF THE GAS AS IT WERE IN THE BATTLE
THE GAS AS IT WERE IN THE BATTLE AGAINST THE VIRUS.
AGAINST THE VIRUS. >> YEAH, THANK YOU, CHRIS.
>> YEAH, THANK YOU, CHRIS. GOOD EVENING FOR YOU.
GOOD EVENING FOR YOU. THANK YOU FOR YOUR REPORTING ON
THANK YOU FOR YOUR REPORTING ON THIS STORY.
THIS STORY. YOU’VE SAID THE REDUCTION ON THE
YOU’VE SAID THE REDUCTION ON THE PROJECTIONS IS NOT AN ACT OF
PROJECTIONS IS NOT AN ACT OF GOD.
GOD. IT’S AN ACT OF GOVERNMENT AND
IT’S AN ACT OF GOVERNMENT AND THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY.
THE CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY. WE HAVE REDUCED THE CURVE A
WE HAVE REDUCED THE CURVE A HORRIFIC PLATEAU WITH PAIN AND
HORRIFIC PLATEAU WITH PAIN AND DEATH BUT THAT WAS DONE AND THE
DEATH BUT THAT WAS DONE AND THE NUMBERS ARE SO MUCH DIFFERENT
NUMBERS ARE SO MUCH DIFFERENT THAN THE INITIAL PROJECTIONS
THAN THE INITIAL PROJECTIONS BECAUSE WE ACTED RESPONSIBLY AND
BECAUSE WE ACTED RESPONSIBLY AND DILIGENTLY.
DILIGENTLY. THAT’S WHAT IS REDUCING THE
THAT’S WHAT IS REDUCING THE NUMBER.
NUMBER. AS SOON AS WE STOPPED DOING WHAT
AS SOON AS WE STOPPED DOING WHAT WE’RE DOING IF WE GET SLOPPY OR
WE’RE DOING IF WE GET SLOPPY OR DISCIPLINED OR CHANGE TRACK, YOU
DISCIPLINED OR CHANGE TRACK, YOU WILL SEE THAT NUMBER GO UP.
WILL SEE THAT NUMBER GO UP. YOU TELL ME THE BEHAVIOR OF NEW
YOU TELL ME THE BEHAVIOR OF NEW YORKERS TODAY, I’LL TELL YOU THE
YORKERS TODAY, I’LL TELL YOU THE HOSPITALIZATION RATE IN FOUR
HOSPITALIZATION RATE IN FOUR DAYS.
DAYS. SO YES, WE HAVE REDUCED THE
SO YES, WE HAVE REDUCED THE CURVE.
CURVE. AND BECAUSE OF OUR ACTIONS AND
AND BECAUSE OF OUR ACTIONS AND THAT’S WHY WE HAVE TO BE VERY,
THAT’S WHY WE HAVE TO BE VERY, VERY CAREFUL NOW AS WE GET
VERY CAREFUL NOW AS WE GET INPATIENT AND WANT TO REOPEN AND
INPATIENT AND WANT TO REOPEN AND GET OUT OF THE HOME AND WE NEED
GET OUT OF THE HOME AND WE NEED TO GET BACK TO WORK, WE DO THAT
TO GET BACK TO WORK, WE DO THAT TOO FAST, WE DO THAT WITHOUT
TOO FAST, WE DO THAT WITHOUT RESPECTING SCIENCE AND DATA, YOU
RESPECTING SCIENCE AND DATA, YOU WILL SEE A BOOM RANG AND YOU’LL
WILL SEE A BOOM RANG AND YOU’LL SEE THE NUMBERS GO UP AGAIN.
SEE THE NUMBERS GO UP AGAIN. >> YOU KNOW, THE PRESIDENT HAS
>> YOU KNOW, THE PRESIDENT HAS TAKEN A STRANGE APPROACH IN MANY
TAKEN A STRANGE APPROACH IN MANY WAYS, BUT THERE WERE A LOT OF
WAYS, BUT THERE WERE A LOT OF PEOPLE TOUTING THE FEDERALISM ON
PEOPLE TOUTING THE FEDERALISM ON DISPLAY TO SAY LACK OF A
DISPLAY TO SAY LACK OF A NATIONAL GUIDELINES WHILE ALLOW
NATIONAL GUIDELINES WHILE ALLOW ALLOWING STATES TO GO AND TODAY
ALLOWING STATES TO GO AND TODAY HE DID A 180 AND SAID NO, NO,
HE DID A 180 AND SAID NO, NO, NO, IT’S NOT UP TO THE STATES TO
NO, IT’S NOT UP TO THE STATES TO REOPEN, WHICH ITSELF IS UNCLEAR,
REOPEN, WHICH ITSELF IS UNCLEAR, IT’S NOT A RIBBON CUTTING.
IT’S NOT A RIBBON CUTTING. HE HAD THIS TO SAY AT THE PRESS
HE HAD THIS TO SAY AT THE PRESS CONFERENCE ABOUT HIS AUTHORITY
CONFERENCE ABOUT HIS AUTHORITY IN THE MATTER.
IN THE MATTER. TAKE A LISTEN.
TAKE A LISTEN. >> THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED
>> THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES HAS THE AUTHORITY TO DO
STATES HAS THE AUTHORITY TO DO WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS THE
WHAT THE PRESIDENT HAS THE AUTHORITY TO DO, WHICH IS VERY
AUTHORITY TO DO, WHICH IS VERY POWERFUL.
POWERFUL. THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED
THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES CALLS THE SHOTS.
STATES CALLS THE SHOTS. THEY CAN’T DO ANYTHING WITHOUT
THEY CAN’T DO ANYTHING WITHOUT THE APPROVAL OF THE PRESIDENT OF
THE APPROVAL OF THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.
THE UNITED STATES. >> IS THAT TRUE?
>> IS THAT TRUE? IS THAT YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF
IS THAT YOUR UNDERSTANDING OF HOW THIS WORKS?
HOW THIS WORKS? >> NO, THAT IS NOT TRUE.
>> NO, THAT IS NOT TRUE. I DON’T KNOW WHY THE PRESIDENT
I DON’T KNOW WHY THE PRESIDENT SAID IT.
SAID IT. I DON’T KNOW WHY HE WOULD TAKE
I DON’T KNOW WHY HE WOULD TAKE US DOWN THIS PATH BECAUSE IT’S
US DOWN THIS PATH BECAUSE IT’S THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF EVERYTHING
THE EXACT OPPOSITE OF EVERYTHING HE’S TRYING TO SAY.
HE’S TRYING TO SAY. HE DID THE OPEN VIDEO SAYING
HE DID THE OPEN VIDEO SAYING BIPARTISAN, HE HAD ME IN THE
BIPARTISAN, HE HAD ME IN THE VIDEO AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS
VIDEO AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS BIPARTISAN AND THEN SAYS I HAVE
BIPARTISAN AND THEN SAYS I HAVE TOTAL AUTHORITY, WHICH IS NOT
TOTAL AUTHORITY, WHICH IS NOT TRUE.
TRUE. IT’S NOT LEGAL.
IT’S NOT LEGAL. IT’S A TOTAL ABGAGES OF THE
IT’S A TOTAL ABGAGES OF THE CONSTITUTION AND SAYS POWERS TO
CONSTITUTION AND SAYS POWERS TO THE STATE.
THE STATE. ALEXANDER HAMILTON AND THE
ALEXANDER HAMILTON AND THE FOUNDING FATHERS TALKED ABOUT
FOUNDING FATHERS TALKED ABOUT THE POWERS OF THE STATE AND HOW
THE POWERS OF THE STATE AND HOW REPUGNANT IT WOULD BE FOR A
REPUGNANT IT WOULD BE FOR A FEDERAL HEAD TO SAY THEY HAVE
FEDERAL HEAD TO SAY THEY HAVE IMMINENT AUTHORITY.
IMMINENT AUTHORITY. THE CONSTITUTION SAYS WE DON’T
THE CONSTITUTION SAYS WE DON’T HAVE A KING.
HAVE A KING. TO SAY I HAVE TOTAL AUTHORITY
TO SAY I HAVE TOTAL AUTHORITY OVER THE COUNTRY BECAUSE I’M THE
OVER THE COUNTRY BECAUSE I’M THE PRESIDENT, IT’S ABSOLUTE.
PRESIDENT, IT’S ABSOLUTE. THAT IS A KING.
THAT IS A KING. WE DIDN’T HAVE A KING.
WE DIDN’T HAVE A KING. WE DIDN’T HAVE KING GEORGE
WE DIDN’T HAVE KING GEORGE WASHINGTON.
WASHINGTON. WE HAVE PRESIDENT GEORGE
WE HAVE PRESIDENT GEORGE WASHINGTON AND WHY HE WOULD WANT
WASHINGTON AND WHY HE WOULD WANT TO SAY THAT AFTER INITIALLY WHEN
TO SAY THAT AFTER INITIALLY WHEN HE DID THE QUOTE UNQUOTE CLOSE
HE DID THE QUOTE UNQUOTE CLOSE DOWN OF THE GOVERNMENT, HE NEVER
DOWN OF THE GOVERNMENT, HE NEVER DID THE CLOSEDOWN.
DID THE CLOSEDOWN. HE WANTS TO SAY THE TRAVEL BAN
HE WANTS TO SAY THE TRAVEL BAN WITH CHINA WAS A CLOSE DOWN.
WITH CHINA WAS A CLOSE DOWN. IT WASN’T.
IT WASN’T. IT WAS A TRAVEL BAN WITH CHINA.
IT WAS A TRAVEL BAN WITH CHINA. THE CLOSE DOWN WAS LEFT TO THE
THE CLOSE DOWN WAS LEFT TO THE GOVERNORS TO DO INDIVIDUALLY
GOVERNORS TO DO INDIVIDUALLY STATE BY STATE, WE HAVE A WHOLE
STATE BY STATE, WE HAVE A WHOLE QUILT OF DIFFERENT CLOSE DOWN
QUILT OF DIFFERENT CLOSE DOWN STRATEGIES BECAUSE YOU LEFT IT
STRATEGIES BECAUSE YOU LEFT IT TO THE GOVERNORS.
TO THE GOVERNORS. NOW THE REOPEN SHOULD BE TOTAL
NOW THE REOPEN SHOULD BE TOTAL AUTHORITY AFTER WE JUST TALKED
AUTHORITY AFTER WE JUST TALKED ABOUT BIPARTISANSHIP, THAT MAKES
ABOUT BIPARTISANSHIP, THAT MAKES NO SENSE.
NO SENSE. >> WELL, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE
>> WELL, IT SEEMS TO ME THAT THE SORT OF NIGHTMARE SCENARIO TO GO
SORT OF NIGHTMARE SCENARIO TO GO BACK TO WHAT YOU SAID IN THE
BACK TO WHAT YOU SAID IN THE FIRST ANSWER IS EVERYBODY HAS TO
FIRST ANSWER IS EVERYBODY HAS TO OPEN BACK UP WHEN THAT WOULD BE
OPEN BACK UP WHEN THAT WOULD BE DANGEROUS AND UNCLEAR HOW THAT
DANGEROUS AND UNCLEAR HOW THAT IS IN ANY WAY ENFORCEABLE OTHER
IS IN ANY WAY ENFORCEABLE OTHER THAN JUST MESSAGING.
THAN JUST MESSAGING. >> YEAH, IT WOULD BE.
>> YEAH, IT WOULD BE. LOOK, IF HE SAID, IF HE TRIED A
LOOK, IF HE SAID, IF HE TRIED A MEETING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE
MEETING FROM THE WHITE HOUSE THAT PUT THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE
THAT PUT THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK IN JEOPARDY OR
OF NEW YORK IN JEOPARDY OR VIOLATED WHAT I THOUGHT WAS IN
VIOLATED WHAT I THOUGHT WAS IN THEIR BEST INTEREST FROM A
THEIR BEST INTEREST FROM A PUBLIC HEALTH POINT OF VIEW, WE
PUBLIC HEALTH POINT OF VIEW, WE WOULD BE OFF TO A LAWSUIT AND
WOULD BE OFF TO A LAWSUIT AND THAT’S THE ONLY WAY THIS REALLY
THAT’S THE ONLY WAY THIS REALLY HORRENDOUS SITUATION COULD GET
HORRENDOUS SITUATION COULD GET WORSE IS IF YOU NOW SEE A WAR
WORSE IS IF YOU NOW SEE A WAR BETWEEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT
BETWEEN THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT AND STATES AND WHY HE WOULD EVEN
AND STATES AND WHY HE WOULD EVEN GO THERE, I HAVE NO IDEA.
GO THERE, I HAVE NO IDEA. >> LET ME ASK YOU A FINAL
>> LET ME ASK YOU A FINAL QUESTION ABOUT -- BECAUSE THIS
QUESTION ABOUT -- BECAUSE THIS SORT OF RELATES IN A SORT OF
SORT OF RELATES IN A SORT OF ISSUE TO THE STATE OF NEW YORK.
ISSUE TO THE STATE OF NEW YORK. YO U HAVE FEDERAL RELATIONSHIPS
YO U HAVE FEDERAL RELATIONSHIPS AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH LOCAL
AND RELATIONSHIPS WITH LOCAL MAYORS AND COUNTY EXECUTIVES.
MAYORS AND COUNTY EXECUTIVES. THERE WAS A BACK AND FORTH ABOUT
THERE WAS A BACK AND FORTH ABOUT SCHOOL CLOSURES TO REINSCRIBE
SCHOOL CLOSURES TO REINSCRIBE TENSIONS BETWEEN THE STATES AND
TENSIONS BETWEEN THE STATES AND FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE MAYOR OF
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, THE MAYOR OF NEW YORK BILL de BLASIO SAID
NEW YORK BILL de BLASIO SAID SCHOOLS WOULD BE CLOSED
SCHOOLS WOULD BE CLOSED THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE YEAR
THROUGHOUT THE REST OF THE YEAR AND YOUR OFFICE SAID HE DOESN’T
AND YOUR OFFICE SAID HE DOESN’T HAVE THAT AUTHORITY LEAVING NEW
HAVE THAT AUTHORITY LEAVING NEW YORK CITY SCHOOL PARENTS LIKE
YORK CITY SCHOOL PARENTS LIKE MYSELF SOMEWHAT FRUSTRATED AND
MYSELF SOMEWHAT FRUSTRATED AND CONFUSED.
CONFUSED. WHAT IS GOING ON THERE?
WHAT IS GOING ON THERE? IS THE CLEAR
IS THE CLEAR WHAT IS THE CLEAR LEGAL
WHAT IS THE CLEAR LEGAL AUTHORITY YOU HAVE AND HOW DO
AUTHORITY YOU HAVE AND HOW DO YOU WORK OUT THE TURF ISSUES?
YOU WORK OUT THE TURF ISSUES? >> THE SHORT ANSWER IS YOU
>> THE SHORT ANSWER IS YOU DON’T.
DON’T. STATE DOES AN EMERGENCY ORDER.
STATE DOES AN EMERGENCY ORDER. I HAVE 700 SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN
I HAVE 700 SCHOOL DISTRICTS IN MY STATE.
MY STATE. I HAD DIFFERENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS
I HAD DIFFERENT SCHOOL DISTRICTS HAVING DIFFERENT POLICIES ACROSS
HAVING DIFFERENT POLICIES ACROSS THE STATE.
THE STATE. IT’S AN UNMANAGEABLE SITUATION.
IT’S AN UNMANAGEABLE SITUATION. I GET THAT LOCAL OFFICIALS -- I
I GET THAT LOCAL OFFICIALS -- I HAVE 400 MAYORS.
HAVE 400 MAYORS. I HAVE 62 COUNTY EXECUTIVES.
I HAVE 62 COUNTY EXECUTIVES. I UNDERSTAND EVERY LOCAL
I UNDERSTAND EVERY LOCAL OFFICIAL WANTS POWER OVER THEIR
OFFICIAL WANTS POWER OVER THEIR JURISDICTION AND NORMALLY THEY
JURISDICTION AND NORMALLY THEY HAVE IT.
HAVE IT. IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION, YOU
IN AN EMERGENCY SITUATION, YOU NEED A STATE POLICY THAT UNFIIFY
NEED A STATE POLICY THAT UNFIIFY THE STATE.
THE STATE. WE WENT FURTHER.
WE WENT FURTHER. I WANT NEW YORK STATE TO WORK
I WANT NEW YORK STATE TO WORK WITH CONNECTICUT, NEW JERSEY,
WITH CONNECTICUT, NEW JERSEY, MASSACHUSETTS TO HAVE A REGIONAL
MASSACHUSETTS TO HAVE A REGIONAL POLICY BUT YOU CAN’T HAVE 700
POLICY BUT YOU CAN’T HAVE 700 SCHOOL DISTRICTS MAKING 700
SCHOOL DISTRICTS MAKING 700 DECISIONS.
DECISIONS. I CLOSED THE SCHOOLS STAID SS IN
I CLOSED THE SCHOOLS STAID SS IN STATE.
STATE. I CLOSED DOWN BUSINESSES IN THE
I CLOSED DOWN BUSINESSES IN THE STATE BY ONE STATEWIDE CLOSE
STATE BY ONE STATEWIDE CLOSE DOWN POLICY, AND YOU CAN’T HAVE
DOWN POLICY, AND YOU CAN’T HAVE LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN THE STATE
LOCAL GOVERNMENTS IN THE STATE MAKING THEIR OWN DECISIONS.
MAKING THEIR OWN DECISIONS. IT JUST WOULDN’T WORK.
IT JUST WOULDN’T WORK. >> ALL RIGHT.

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