President Biden was questioned about Andrew Cuomo’s announcement to step down as New York Governor, saying, “He’s done a hell of a job” as governor.
Biden followed up with his praise for Cuomo, saying, “That’s why it’s so sad.”
Joe Biden praises Andrew Cuomo despite his nursing home scandal: “he's done a hell of a job…that’s why it’s so sad” pic.twitter.com/f8MQob1rH0
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) August 10, 2021
Following Biden’s response, he was asked a follow-up question concerning the sexual harassment accusations and whether he still thought the same about Cuomo.
Biden asked about his last comments on Andrew Cuomo:
“Can you really say that he has done ‘hell of a job’ if he’s accused of sexually harassing women?” pic.twitter.com/GeBtyPVl98
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) August 10, 2021
White House press secretary Jenn Psaki defended Biden.
@potus responded to a specific question today about @NYGovCuomo work on infrastructure. He also made clear it was right for @NYGovCuomo to step down, reiterated his support for women who come forward, and made clear you can’t separate personal behavior from other work.
— Jen Psaki (@PressSec) August 10, 2021
Biden’s critics commented on social media.
Joe Biden said Andrew Cuomo did “a helluva job” as Governor.
15,000 dead seniors would disagree.
— Senator Michael Rulli (@michaelrulli) August 10, 2021
Biden just said that Cuomo — whose nursing home COVID order resulted in thousands of deaths that he and his staff are accused of obscuring, in addition of the sexual harassment accusations — did a “helluva job” as governor. https://t.co/rY1YdT8Mhn
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) August 10, 2021
Cuomo resigned as Governor of New York, not because of the nursing home scandal, but because of the outcome of the New York Attorney General’s investigation over sexual harassment allegations.
The announcement to step down was made a week following the Attorney General’s report and Cuomo made no mention of the deaths linked to his March 25 order mandating nursing homes to accept COVID-19 positive patients. Cuomo will step down 14 days after his announcement.
BREAKING: New York Gov. Cuomo says he will be resigning, effective in 14 days:
“The best way I can help now is if I step aside and let government get back to governing.” pic.twitter.com/CLA0l1jOf4
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) August 10, 2021
As a reminder, Biden’s Department of Justice decided to drop the civil rights investigation of New York’s state-run nursing homes and Cuomo’s mandate.
Biden made no mention of Cuomo’s nursing home scandal in his remarks but made it clear he approved of Cuomo’s job performance as governor despite the sexual harassment scandal.