Psaki dodges questions on Gov. Cuomo’s handling of pandemic

White House press secretary Jen Psaki speaks during a press briefing, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

White House press secretary Jen Psaki spoke during a press briefing, Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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UPDATED 12:43 PM PT – Sunday, February 21, 2021

White House press secretary Jen Psaki sidestepped questions over Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s (D-N.Y.) handling of the coronavirus.

In an interview with ABC on Sunday, Psaki was asked whether the Biden administration still saw Cuomo as the “gold standard” despite the recent nursing home scandal.

In this image taken from video, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo speaks during a news conference Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. Cuomo and his health commissioner offered a full-throated defense Friday of their March decision to require nursing homes to accept patients recovering from COVID-19, saying it was the best option for overwhelmed hospitals that desperately needed to free up beds. (Office of the Governor of New York via AP)

In this image taken from video, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo spoke during a news conference Friday, Feb. 19, 2021, in Albany, N.Y. (Office of the Governor of New York via AP)

 

She dodged the question, saying the administration would continue to work with “governors across the country.” Psaki instead pointed to Biden’s goals, ignoring the shortcomings of those he championed since coming into office.

“We work with Governor Cuomo just like we work with governors across the country. He’s also the chair of the NGA, so he plays an important role in ensuring that we are coordinating closely and getting assistance out to people of his state and states across the country,” Psaki stated. “We’ll continue to do that. Of course, there will be a process, and investigations, we’ll leave that to others to determine how that path is going to move.”

Psaki did not say whether or not Cuomo should face any repercussions over the nursing home scandal. She instead went on to say the administration will work closely with Cuomo moving forward.

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