UPDATED 5:37 PM PT — Thursday, February 13, 2020
President Trump took to Twitter ahead of his meeting with New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo. On Thursday, the president said Cuomo must put national security above politics and stop the city’s unnecessary lawsuits against him.
I’m seeing Governor Cuomo today at The White House. He must understand that National Security far exceeds politics. New York must stop all of its unnecessary lawsuits & harrassment, start cleaning itself up, and lowering taxes. Build relationships, but don’t bring Fredo!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2020
His comments came after the governor called the president’s move to ban the expedited reentry program “politically motivated.”
Cuomo said he will give the federal authorities access to New York’s DMV database if President Trump rolls back the Trusted Traveler Program ban.
Wrapped up my meeting with the President. I restated my initial solution: NY is willing to provide DMV records for NYers applying to TTP. He’s open to working with us on this and we’ll continue the conversation in the coming week.
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) February 14, 2020
He said he is prepared to take legal action against the president should he not comply with that offer.
“We already announced that we will sue the federal government, because I believe it’s illegal,” said the governor. “If it turns out to be ‘just politics,’ I believe that’s an abuse of government power.”
Cuomo added this is something the president cannot legally penalize New Yorkers for.