ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo will visit the White House on Tuesday to meet with President Donald Trump over the national response to the coronavirus pandemic that has struck New York worse than any state in the nation.
Trump said Monday during his daily press briefing that Cuomo was coming to Washington. Cuomo's office also confirmed the trip.
"They're really getting it together in New York, a lot of good things are happening in New York," Trump said.
"And I think the governor is coming to see us tomorrow. He's coming to the Oval Office tomorrow afternoon. Andrew is going to be coming in with some of his people, so we're looking forward to that."
Cuomo, a Democrat, and Trump, a Republican, have offered both praise and scorn toward one another during the coronavirus crisis.
At times, Cuomo has ripped Trump, and vice versa. And other times, the two Queens natives have applauded each other.
On Friday, Cuomo blasted Trump for his response after the president tweeted at him during the governor's daily briefing to "spend more time 'doing' and less time 'complaining.'"
Asked about the tweet in real time, Cuomo responded, “First of all, if he’s sitting home watching TV, maybe he should get up and go to work, right."
But by Sunday, Trump was basking in some of Cuomo's praise when the governor on Long Island called it "a phenomenal accomplishment” how the federal government mobilized in New York.
Trump then played the select clip during his Sunday briefing, saying, “I just think it’s so good for people because it’s bi-partisan."
The meeting comes as Cuomo is pressing the federal government to help organize the purchase of supplies for massive testing that Cuomo says is needed before the state can reopen businesses and schools.
Cuomo is also asking for states to get $500 billion in federal aid to help their budgets amid major revenue shortfalls due to the virus.
The two leaders have met periodically during Trump's time in office, and they have talked regularly during the coronavirus outbreak. But this will be their first in-person meeting since the virus struck the U.S.
And nowhere has been hit worse than Trump's native state, where 248,000 people have tested positive for COVID-19 and more than 14,300 have died.