White House press secretary Jane Saki on Sunday dodged a question about whether President Biden still considered the New York government Andrew Coromo the “gold standard” for leadership during the Coronavirus epidemic.

During the appearance of ABC “This week“Sasaki did not directly respond to a question from chief Washington correspondent Jonathan Karl, who had pointed to Biden’s comments since April 2020.


At the time, Biden said “the New York governor has done one hell of a job” and he thinks Cuomo is “like the gold standard.”

Karl pointed to the New York governor’s alleged pressure on nursing home deaths and the fact that he misled legislators in the state.

“So does President Biden still consider Andrew Cuomo the ‘gold standard’ for taking the lead on the epidemic?” Karl asked.

“We work with governors around the country, working with the government in exactly the same way,” Saki replied. “HeNGA chair too [National Governors Association] So he plays a key role in making sure that we are coordinating the song and getting support to the people of our state and the states across the country and we will continue to do so. “

Saki further noted that “there will, of course, be a process,” adding that it will involve the investigation, “that we will leave it up to others to determine the proper law enforcement officers to determine how he There is a way. We move forward to move forward. “

She Then added that “we will continue to work with a series of governors, which of course includes the government. Cuomo because we think the people of New York, states across the country, need assistance and not through the epidemic.” To get, “But to get through this difficult economic time and that’s our focus. “

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Karl pressed Saki on the issue, repeating his question.

“But Jane, my question was that President Biden still believes that Andrew Cuomo … represents the gold standard on leadership during this epidemic?” He asked, adding that he was looking for a “yes” or “no” answer.

“It should always be a yes or no answer,” Saki replied. “I think the President is focused on his goal, his purpose as President of the United States.”

“He is going to continue working with Gov. Cuomo, just as she will continue to work with governors across the country,” she continued. And I am not here to give new labels or names to the President, I am. To focus our attention and communicate with you about what his objectives are as President. “

Cuomo faced calls to resign as the Associated Press reported that his administration had significantly reduced the number of curing COVID-19 patients, who were cured under a controversial order implemented in March last year Was sent back to the nursing home to be. The Associated Press found that about 15,000 long-term care patients of COVID-19 died in nursing homes, with about 8,500 dying from pre-disc.

Criticism intensified after being accepted during a private call by Cuomo’s aide Melissa Derasa that the administration withdrew the data requested by New York state legislatures because they worried it would be “used” by the Justice Department under then-President Donald Trump Against us “.

On Monday, Cuomo held a press conference in which the Democratic New York governor admitted that he should have moved soon to release relevant data related to COVID-19 in nursing homes amid criticisms of the scandal’s growing administration.

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The governor sought to clarify the actions of his team at the press conference, telling reporters that the Department of Justice and state legislatures had submitted a request for the data at the same time last summer. Cuomo said his team opted to prioritize the federal investigation and informed state lawmakers that his request for the data would be “withheld” in the meantime.

But many Democratic lawmakers, including the New York State Censor. Jessica Ramos, Alessandra Biaggi and Gustavo Rivera denied that Cuomo’s office ever informed them of their decision.

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Cuomo said state legislatures were “wrong” to suggest that they were never informed of the delay for their data request. He Has repeatedly denied that his office has misrepresented or misrepresented data related to deaths in nursing homes.

Granthshala News’ Thomas Barabi contributed to this report.