Governor Andrew Cuomo is still trying to get a chance to talk to President Donald Trump about the federal government's move to freeze New Yorkers out of trusted traveler programs.
Trump on Saturday accused Cuomo of backing out of a meeting at the White House while the governor was in Washington for a meeting of the National Governors Association.
This didn't make any sense, Cuomo said: No meeting with Trump had been scheduled.
On Monday in a radio interview with WAMC, Cuomo said Trump was referring to a reception for governors at the White House. Cuomo had no plans to attend that reception.
"I don't want to have a drink," Cuomo said. "I want to have a meeting about the trusted traveler program."
The Trump administration last week moved to freeze New Yorkers from registering or re-applying to trusted traveler programs that ease passage through ports of entry for those who pass a background check.
At issue is a provision in the state law that allows undocumented immigrants to apply for driver's licenses that bars the DMV from sharing records with federal immigration enforcement. Cuomo says the state shares records with the FBI.
New York officials on Friday signaled plans to sue over the issue.