President Donald Trump attempted to take credit for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s widely-praised response to the coronavirus pandemic Monday despite having rejected New York’s pleas for additional life-saving ventilators.
Trump, who on Sunday bragged that the ratings for his news briefings were higher than “The Bachelor,” told “Fox & Friends” that he personally made Cuomo “successful.” But the governor’s approval rating was up to 71% among New Yorkers in Siena College poll released Monday, while just 41% approved of Trump.
“One of the reasons his numbers are high on handling it is because of the federal government,” Trump said during the lengthy phone interview. “Because we give him ships, and we give him ventilators and we give him all of the things that we’re giving him . . . We’re giving him four hospitals, and four medical centers and all of the things that we’ve done . . . One of the reasons he’s successful is because we’ve helped make him successful.”
Trump’s claim came after the president rejected Cuomo’s desperate plea to help the state acquire 30,000 ventilators.
“I don’t believe” they need that many, Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity last week before denying on Sunday that he said so. Trump went on to baselessly accuse a hospital of misusing or stealing protective equipment, drawing a strong rebuke from Democrats.
Cuomo also blasted Trump on Sunday for sparking fear in New York by floating an “enforceable” quarantine for the area’s residents before standing down hours later.
The Siena poll found that 56% of New Yorkers disapprove of Trump’s response, and 61% of the state’s residents have an unfavorable view of the president in general.
“He’s gotten good marks,” Trump told Fox. “I’ve gotten great marks. I’ve gotten great marks also.”
Despite tearing into lawmakers trying to deal with the crisis in the U.S., Trump defended China and Russia for spreading disinformation about the virus online.
“Every country does it,” he claimed. “They do it, and we do it.”
Trump said he planned to speak to Russian President Vladimir Putin, prompting host Brian Kilmeade to ask what he would say if Putin asked him “to lift sanctions.”
“I’m the one that put the sanctions on, Brian — nobody else” Trump responded. “I put the sanctions on. I’ve been tougher on Russia than any president in the history of the country.”
Trump then bizarrely went on to note that Russia was “our partner in World War II.”
“Germany was the enemy, and Germany is like this wonderful thing [now],” Trump said. “Well, Germany takes advantage of us on trade for years. They pay far too little in NATO. They are paying 1%. But they are supposed to pay 2%, and nobody talks about that.”
Kilmeade: According to WaPo, Russia, Iran, and China are going through a sophisticated disinformation campaign blaming us
Trump: When you read it in WaPo you don’t believe it, so fake, so phony
K: China’s already done it
T: They do it, we do it! … NYT is dishonest! pic.twitter.com/3kGhiPZQsH
— Lis Power (@LisPower1) March 30, 2020
Trump dodged questions about actual, specific measures he was taking to help those hit hardest by the virus, angering even his staunchest supporters at the network.
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