White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Thursday distanced President Biden from his past assessment that Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the “gold standard” of COVID-19 management — and she said allegations of harassment against the New York Democrat should be investigated.
Psaki said it was important to recall that Biden said positive things about many local leaders early in the pandemic last year — offering a distinct non-vote of confidence in Cuomo, who faces dual scandals relating to a coverup of COVID-19 nursing home deaths and harassment allegations from a former aide.
“At the time, which was I believe April of last year, the president spoke out and said positive things about a range of governors — Democrats and Republicans — who were stepping in when there was a vacuum of leadership at the federal level, when they were getting no information, when they were getting no help, and no guidance from the former Trump administration,” Psaki said at her daily press briefing.
“He made some positive comments about Governor Cuomo and his role in New York at the time as he did about a range of governors.”
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