NY Gov. Cuomo: Trump fooled the country, but not New York

Posted: 5:18 PM, Aug 19, 2018
Updated: 2018-08-19 21:18:10Z

NEW YORK (AP) — New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo says Donald Trump has fooled many people in this country, but the Democrat says the Republican president hasn't fooled New Yorkers.

Cuomo spoke Sunday at Brooklyn's First Baptist Church of Crown Heights. His comments come after a week of criticism against Cuomo, who says America "was never that great" during a bill signing. New York Republicans have demanded he apologize. Trump has tweeted that Cuomo was having a "total meltdown."

Cuomo tells the black congregation the Statue of Liberty is a symbol of America's acceptance of people of all races, beliefs, languages and lifestyles. By contrast, he says, the wall Trump wants built with Mexico represents rejection of those who are different.

He also says the president "is blind to the suffering and pain of gun violence," especially in minority communities.