Cuomo and Trump Talk About Coronavirus in Oval Office Meeting

This combination of two file photos shows New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Feb. 14, 2019, and President Donald Trump on April 17, 2018.(Seth Wenig, Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Gov. Cuomo said he had an “effective” Oval Office talk about coronavirus testing and state budget problems Tuesday with President Trump.

“We have a tremendous job that we have to get done and put everything else aside and do the job, and the tone of the conversation was very functional and effective,” Cuomo told MSNBC after the White House sitdown.

Cuomo also told the president New York no longer needs the help of the Navy hospital ship Comfort, which has been docked in Manhattan for weeks as the city became the epicenter of the pandemic in the U.S.

“We don’t need the Comfort anymore, it did give us comfort, but we don’t need it anymore,” the governor said he told Trump.

While the pair of Queens natives have publicly sparred in recent weeks, Cuomo said he and the president stayed on topic Tuesday, chatting about testing capacity needed to reopen the economy and federal funds for states.

“I stayed focused on what we were there to talk about and for me, the substantive agenda was testing – who does what, how do we get it up the scale – and somebody has to stand up for funding for the states,” he said.

New York has 211 private labs that would need to increase their testing capacity ten times to meet the state’s aggressive goal, Cuomo said.

“We have a long way to go,” Cuomo said. “We need to rely on the data as we make these decisions.”

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Source: NY Daily News