Gov. Andrew Cuomo delivers his State of the State speech in Albany on, Jan. 15, 2019.

ALBANY — The best thing President Donald Trump ever did for his New York City hometown was leave, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a fiery response Wednesday to the president’s threat to defund the city.

Trump released a statement threatening to defund New York City, Washington D.C., Seattle and Portland, Oregon, because of ongoing Black Lives Matter protests and related violence and civil unrest.

“He’s not gonna do anything — he doesn’t have the legal power to do anything,” Gov. Cuomo said of the president Wednesday night during a call with reporters. “He’s not going to stop funding for New York City — he’s not a king. He thinks he’s a king, but he’s not. He’s a president. But there’s the constitution and there are laws, nothing that he knows anything about, but the federal budget is appropriated by law with conditions of funding by law.”

Gov. Cuomo, originally of Queens, railed against Trump for several minutes, saying from the city’s viewpoint, the businessman and former reality television personality is the worst president in history.

“Look, the best thing he did for New York City was leave,” Cuomo said. “Good riddance, let him go to Florida. Be careful not to get COVID.”

Trump has repeatedly taken actions to negatively impact New York City since his 2016 election, the governor said.

“I think it’s because he is from New York City and New York City rejected him always,” Cuomo said. “He was dismissed as a clown in New York City. Those who know him best like him least. That’s true about New York City. It’s true about his own family and I think that’s more and more clear to Americans.”

“...New Yorkers will not forget how gratuitously mean he has been and how many times he’s tried to kill the city that gave him his start and birthed him.”

Trump changed his official residence to his Mar-a-Lago Club resort in Palm Beach, Fla., last fall — a move Cuomo said the president had to make, as he’s unwelcome in New York.

“He couldn’t step foot in New York City,” Cuomo said. “He’d need bodyguards. He can’t have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City. Forget bodyguards. He’d need an army.”

“...I’m telling you, it’s personal because New York City knows him for the joke he is.”

Check back for more details on this developing story.

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KRobbins

“Look, the best thing he did for New York City was leave,” Cuomo said. “Good riddance, let him go to Florida. Be careful not to get COVID.”

Amen to that and another for pointing out Trump has no control over the funding anyway. It’s a shame he doesn’t know anything about being president after 3 and a half years.

Holmes

Hmmm, a threat against a president doesn’t that usually result in a secret service visit?

KRobbins

If you’re talking about Cuomo merely pointing out what a coward Trump is the secret service probably isn’t going to bother. Besides, their numbers have been decimated by the coronavirus Trump has stupidly exposed them to with ill-advised trips to Tulsa, Phoenix, etc.

Airball55

I was thinking the same. But, let's step back a moment. Trump needs to put aside the grandstanding political theater and help those in need. Cuomo has killed us with his constant lawsuits and attacks of the feds and then...he turns around and asks them for help. Talk about biting the hand that feeds you. I digress. The bottom line is we need the help. A new governor that wishes to work across aisles, states and with our federal government would be a great first step. We are direly in need of new leadership here...the state is in economic ruin due to his failed policies. But since the city is predominately blue, that most likely won't happen. I think Trump should go just the other way with this...think higher. Bail out NY. Be the savior. Save us from our "own". If he truly thinks he could carry NY, this is the way to do it. After all, Cuomo has destroyed it. The best job to enter is the one where the guy before you was subpar. It's an easy target to surpass. Trump could actually do the right thing here and help. Then, if he truly wanted NY he could get it. I don't see any of this happening though. We don't live in a country where politicians work for their constituents. It's party first, career second...tax payers last.

KRobbins

How can you write all of that and overlook the fact that it’s not up to Trump whether NYC gets money or not? Once again, it was Trump bragging about how powerful he thinks he is. Good for Cuomo standing up for NY. If you want a Republican governor then run better candidates than the jokes you’ve run the last few times. One of the problems you’re going to have to overcome is that a George Pataki who might be electable statewide isn’t going to get through the primary in today’s Trumpublican Party. You’re going to get another Carl Golisano or worse.

Pitbull

You make some really good points, A55. Just ignore the hyper partisan criticism below.

Eagle24

Some good points Airball.... if Trump would shut up and act Presidential...maintain efforts to renegotiate trade treaties...reduce regulations.. be tough on adversaries, INCLUDING Russia..reduce taxes... he'd get re-elected..and swing voters(includes myself) would vote for him... he won't ...he'll continue to be immature...mock people... and lose... The blame for that will be on the GOP... heck, half of his immediate family won't vote for him..

KRobbins

And maybe not refer to WWI veterans who died as suckers and losers.

KRobbins

Just to add to the list of actions that exceed Trump’s authority is defunding Stars and Stripes.

Eagle24

AB...best part of your comment is Pittbull's response.. "Just ignore the hyper partisan criticism"... seriously??

Mud Duck

And Cuomo should know a joke--he sees one everytime he looks in a mirror!

rockloper

The only joke around is republicans

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