Governor Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday responded to criticism from President Donald Trump at a fundraiser in Utica this week for Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney.
Trump mused at the reception about whether Cuomo would run against him in 2020 and claimed the governor had given told him he would not. He then knocked Cuomo for the state’s high taxes, gun control and the ban on hydrofracking.
Cuomo, in Seneca County to survey flood damage, insisted he was focused on his job as governor.
"If I were president of the United States, I would not be rolling back a woman’s right to choose. I would not be ripping babies out of the arms of their mothers," Cuomo said, adding, "I wouldn’t be afraid of the NRA and bending over backwards while we have many lives being lost."
Cuomo also insisted he does not have discussions with Trump regarding his political ambitions.
"I don’t have any personal, political conversations with the president," he said. "I talk to the president. I talk to the president about policy issues facing the people of this state."