Only a few weeks ago, Governor Andrew Cuomo was blasting President Donald Trump with criticisms.
“No Mr. President, there are no good white supremacists. That does not happen,” Cuomo said.
Cuomo pledged to be the leader of the resistance against the Trump administration, and once called Republican opponent Marc Molinaro a Trump mini-me, and mocked the president's campaign slogan.
“We’re not going to make America great again,” said Cuomo. “It was never that great.”
But as often happens in politics after elections, things changed. Cuomo on Wednesday traveled to the White House to discuss, over lunch with Trump, a major tunnel project for New York City that needs federal assistance.
“I’m a realist,” said Cuomo. “There’s politics in everything, unfortunately. In many ways, I think this situation is bigger than politics.”
Cuomo wants the federal government to support the Gateway Tunnel Project, which would carry traffic below the Hudson River between New York City and New Jersey. He says working with Republicans, be it in Albany or on the national level, is nothing new for him.
“I dealt with a Republican Senate for many years,” said Cuomo. “I’m not going to put my politics before the interest of the people I represent.”
Cuomo acknowledged his statements against Trump during the campaign season, but the Gateway Tunnel Project is important enough to set aside that rhetoric.
“I’ve been highly critical of the president on a number of levels,” said Cuomo. “The president has been highly critical of me on a number of levels. But this is not about my politics.”
Trump is willing to set the campaign aside as well, telling The New York Post Cuomo's rhetoric was just politics.