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Cuomo Adopts More Practical Stance Toward Trump

Mike Groll

Governor Cuomo is adopting a more conciliatory tone toward president-elect Donald Trump, after Cuomo called Trump “un- New York” in the final days of the campaign.

Cuomo, in the final days of the campaign, stumped for Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton in New York, and heavily criticized Donald Trump.

“In truth, Trump is un-New York,” Cuomo said. “Everything the man stands for is the exact opposite that this state stands for.”

Trump, like Cuomo, is a Queens native.

Cuomo, speaking in Buffalo on November 6, also harangued Trump for what he said was his negativity and divisiveness on immigration and women’s rights, among other things, saying Trump was  “injecting a poison into the social fabric.”

One day after the elections, with Trump now the president-elect, Cuomo called in to the Time Warner cable news show New York One, and adopted a more conciliatory tone.

“I had called President-elect Donald Trump today and we had a good conversation. He is a New Yorker, and we talked about issues for New York and the building that we are doing,” said Cuomo. “The infrastructure, how we are doing it and the details so it was a good conversation.”  

The governor sought common ground with Trump, a real estate developer. Cuomo say he’s built in the private sector, too.

New York is dependent on the federal government for significant amounts of funding for transportation projects, as well as health care and housing programs.

The governor, a day later in Syracuse, denies there’s any contradiction in his statements. He says he’s separating campaigning from governing.

“I have grave philosophical differences with the positions that Donald Trump laid out in the campaign,” Cuomo. “That is not going to change and that is not going to go away.”

Cuomo says he disagrees with Trump’s plan to cut taxes on the rich, saying the trickle down theory of economics was already tried under President Ronald Reagan in the 1980s, and it did not work. Cuomo says he prefers to address economic issues from the bottom up, like enacting a $15 minimum wage phase-in in New York. And he says he hopes those issues and others like stricter gun control measures, will “stir the debate nationwide.”

“And as the governor of New York, I intend to keep up the debate and the dialogue,” Cuomo said.

The current governor’s father, Mario Cuomo, gained a national reputation as the liberal alternative to President Reagan after his 1984 keynote speech at the Democratic National Convention. Cuomo the elder nearly ran for president in the 1992 contest.  

But Andrew Cuomo, who has always been careful not to hint at any presidential aspirations, says he’s happy for now just being governor of New York.

Karen has covered state government and politics for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 New York and Connecticut stations, since 1990. She is also a regular contributor to the statewide public television program about New York State government, New York Now. She appears on the reporter’s roundtable segment, and interviews newsmakers.