Created: October 26, 2020 09:27 AM
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is blasting White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows for his comments on CNN. Meadows told CNN, "We are not going to control the coronavirus pandemic."
Meadows' comments come as new cases just hit a record high in the United States.
The US reported more than 83,000 new cases nationwide on both Friday and Saturday - surpassing a previous daily record of over 77,000 set back in July.
In New York, the statewide positivity rate is 1.35 percent. Out of the 120,000 tests Saturday, just over 1,500 came back positive.
Gov. Cuomo commented on the remarks made by White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows during a phone-conference Sunday, saying the statement is a reflection of the federal government's approach from the beginning.
“They have believed from the beginning that they can't control the virus. That is the only rationale that explains the denial and the lying. If you believed you could control it, then you'd try to control it; if you don't believe you can control it, then you lie about it and deny it and you minimize it,” Cuomo said.
Meadows says, while the virus cannot be controlled, the Trump Administration is going to make sure there are "vaccines, therapeutics, and other mitigations" to slow the spread.
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