In a brand new guide, Andrew Cuomo blames Donald Trump for 1000’s of deaths in New York within the early phases of the coronavirus pandemic, decrying “federal negligence” he says led to “the greatest failure to detect an enemy attack since Pearl Harbor”.
The governor additionally describes his repeated recourse to TV interviews to be able to make the TV-obsessed president take heed to his determined appeals for assist.
“I’m not running against you,” Cuomo says he advised Trump in a name on 17 March, amid rumors his nationwide profile, raised by the pandemic, would possibly immediate a late run for the White Home.
“I’m not running for anything,” Cuomo added. “All I care about is getting the people of New York through this crisis.”
In line with Johns Hopkins College, New York accounts for 467,000 of practically 7.5m coronavirus instances within the US, and 25,500 deaths out of round 210,000. An infection and dying charges are a fraction of what they had been within the spring however this week Cuomo reinstated robust lockdown measures in areas of New York Metropolis the place instances are climbing steeply.
Subsequent week, Cuomo will publish American Disaster: Management Classes from the Covid-19 Pandemic, a memoir that particulars, daily, how the disaster unfolded. The Guardian obtained a duplicate.
It appears uncertain Trump will learn the guide, as he recovers from contracting the virus in a White Home beset by constructive checks. But when he does – or if he sees Cuomo discussing it – he may return to the offensive on Twitter.
Cuomo portrays Trump and the federal authorities as complacent, uninterested within the plight of varied states and anxious solely with political acquire, largely by schemes to reopen the US economic system.
The governor makes the comparability to Pearl Harbor, Japan’s shock assault on the US fleet in Hawaii on 7 December 1941, in a chapter regarding 16 March 2020 – three days earlier than Trump advised the reporter Bob Woodward he was intentionally enjoying down the pandemic.
Cuomo describes what he calls Trump’s “fatally flawed” European journey ban, introduced per week earlier than. Consultants agree the virus largely entered the US by way of Europe somewhat than China, the place it originated. However when restrictions on entry from Europe had been lastly introduced, Cuomo writes, at JFK and Newark airports, “1000’s of vacationers [shuffled] into tight ready areas, additional spreading the virus.
“To be clear, New York’s problem was caused by federal negligence. New York was ambushed by Covid. I believe that this was on a par with the greatest failure to detect an enemy attack since Pearl Harbor,” he writes.
The US dying toll at Pearl Harbor was 2,403. A complete of two,977 folks had been killed on 11 September 2001 in New York Metropolis, Washington and Pennsylvania. By mid-April 2020, a month after Trump introduced his European ban, in New York alone the coronavirus dying toll had handed 9,000.
In his guide, Cuomo additionally complains of Trump’s fondness for attacking his TV anchor brother Chris Cuomo because the “Fredo” of the household, a reference to the Godfather motion pictures that the son of the previous New York governor Mario Cuomo calls “one of the most painful and vicious of Italian American stereotypes”.
However Cuomo additionally claims to have been capable of negotiate efficiently with Trump, acquiring ventilators, hospital beds and extra, exactly as a result of he was not offended by the president’s assaults.
“With Trump I had no ego,” Cuomo writes, describing how he used a CNN interview to speak the president down from a risk to blockade the state, on 28 March. “His attacks don’t bother me and his praise doesn’t flatter me. The only question was how I could get him to help New York.”
Such assist included docking a military hospital ship within the Hudson river and having the US military corps of engineers construct an enormous discipline hospital at a conference heart.
Trump portrayed Cuomo as ungrateful, though because the worst predictions for instances and deaths did not materialize, most such amenities had been comparatively little used.
Cuomo has not been universally praised for his work to fight the virus. New Yorkers are often exasperated by his clashes with Mayor Invoice de Blasio. Questions additionally linger about lots of Cuomo’s actions within the early days of the pandemic, outstanding amongst them an order to ship Covid sufferers into nursing properties somewhat than hospitals, which could have contributed to 1000’s of deaths. Cuomo’s administration has vigorously refuted such claims.
His guide may be meant as a victory lap of types. Because it went to press, nonetheless, instances have begun to rise once more.