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New York Gov. Cuomo says Trump is ‘actively trying to kill New York City’

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference at LaGuardia Airport’s new Terminal B, during the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in New York City, New York, June 10, 2020.

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A fuming Gov. Andrew Cuomo blasted President Donald Trump on Tuesday for “actively trying to kill New York City” while airing a long list of other grievances about how the Empire State has been treated by the federal government.

Cuomo criticized the president for refusing to approve or fund projects that the governor has championed, such as a proposed AirTrain to LaGuardia Airport, the Second Avenue subway line and failing to provide more federal coronavirus aid for the state and city.

“This is a war on cities … It is an unsustainable position for the federal government,” Cuomo said at a news briefing. “Either this president will figure it out, or the next president will figure it out. If the Congress doesn’t figure it out, there’ll be mayhem in this country and there will be a different Congress in January. That is my political opinion.”

Cuomo, a Democrat, also accused the president of causing “the Covid outbreak in New York,” adding that the federal ban on travel from Europe was “too little, too late.” The governor also criticized the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as “incompetent.”

“Trump is actively trying to kill New York City. It’s personal,” Cuomo added. “I think it’s psychological. He is trying to kill New York City.”

The White House did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on the governor’s remarks.

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