Under Andrew Cuomo’s direction, nursing homes in New York were forced to accept patients infected with the Coronavirus.
The policy was a disaster, resulting in thousands of deaths.
The media has been protecting Cuomo by ignoring this, and now Cuomo is trying to deflect by blaming Trump.
Cuomo Now Blaming Trump for Disastrous State Directive on Nursing Homes
Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) is attempting to shift blame onto President Trump for a New York directive that sent coronavirus patients into nursing homes, risking the lives of elderly, vulnerable people.
For weeks, despite access to the governor at daily press briefings, a fawning press failed to question the governor about an ill-conceived state directive that may be responsible for the staggering number of coronavirus deaths in New York nursing homes and adult care facilities.
A March 25th state directive required such facilities to admit patients with either suspected or confirmed cases of the Wuhan coronavirus. The directive even prohibited these facilities from requiring a coronavirus test for patients being admitted from a hospital. Cuomo only reversed the disastrous policy earlier this month.
“New York followed the president’s agency guidance,” Cuomo claimed at Saturday’s press briefing.
“What New York did was follow what the Republican administration said to do,” Cuomo continued. “That’s not my attempt to politicize it. It’s my attempt to depoliticize it, so don’t criticize the state for following the president’s policy.”
George Pataki, the former governor of New York called out Cuomo for this:
@NYGOVCUOMO effort to blame @realdonaldtrump for his disastrous nursing home policies is complete nonsense. It was Cuomo’s DOH directive for nursing homes to take infected people. NO MENTION OF CDC. WHY did he wait 47 DAYS to reverse policy? Did #POTUS tell him to do that too? pic.twitter.com/5qB0lJGywp
— George E. Pataki (@GovernorPataki) May 20, 2020
So did New York Rep. Elise Stefanik:
Governor Cuomo continues to point fingers at the federal government.
But here are the FACTS regarding CDC guidance:
The Governor’s decisions to MANDATE that nursing homes accept COVID-19 patients completely disregards the case-by-case approach recommended by CDC.
— Elise Stefanik (@EliseStefanik) May 21, 2020
This reality will eventually come back to haunt Cuomo.