Donald Trump made some startling remarks on Friday, saying that the U.S. government would not deliver a coronavirus vaccine to New York if and when one is available. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the president have traded barbs before. Trump just highlighted his pettiness amid the raging pandemic that has taken over two hundred and forty-three American lives so far.
“For political reasons, the governor decided, they say politically…he wants to take his time with the vaccine,” Trump said. “He doesn’t trust where the vaccine is coming from.”
“He doesn’t trust that it’s this White House, this administration,” the president added.
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— The Hill (@thehill) November 13, 2020
Well, the Attorney General of New York, Letitia James, had something to say about that threat, and Tish doesn’t play around. She’s also all up in his case for potential crimes the president may have committed, so she’s the last person Trump should be pissing off right now.
Any attempt by Donald Trump to deny New York access to a lifesaving #COVID19 vaccine will be met with a lawsuit, plain and simple.
Stop playing politics with people’s lives.
— NY AG James (@NewYorkStateAG) November 13, 2020
Gov. Cuomo responded, too, saying in an MSNBC interview, “To the extent the president was politicizing the process, he lost the election. I think everybody knows that. I don’t think the FDA is going to play games at this point. So I don’t anticipate any real issue.”
Regardless of Trump’s vindictive threat, President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in January — sixty-eight days from now. And all of this will work out with someone at the helm that doesn’t divide us during a time of need. Imagine being so petty that you hold a grudge over an entire state because the governor was critical of you. That’s who Donald J. Trump is, though. For now. On January 20th, the cruelty ends. Then, the indictments can begin.