This week, Americans glued to press briefings have seen two prominent U.S. political figures with strikingly different personalities talking about the same thing — the coronavirus pandemic — in a dramatically different manner.
As President Donald Trump has been scattershot, boastful and angry, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo has been straightforward, calm, lecturing.
The Associated Press on Friday deemed Cuomo the “Democratic counter” to Trump’s coronavirus response.
Cuomo’s briefings on the battle against the pandemic have triggered a surprise outpouring of support for the third-term governor many take for granted. Even Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani has grudgingly admitted “my governor, Andrew Cuomo … is keeping us well informed.”
Cuomo and Trump have been at loggerheads over the coronavirus. After a “good” teleconference with governors on Monday, it was Cuomo Trump singled out for criticism, saying he has to “do more.”
Trump had told the governors it was up to them to find medical supplies such as ventilators and protective gear for health care workers amid a dangerously inadequate supply. “No,” Cuomo tweeted back. “YOU have to do something! You’re supposed to be the president!”
Just had a very good tele-conference with Nation’s Governors. Went very well. Cuomo of New York has to “do more”.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 16, 2020
I have to do more?
No — YOU have to do something! You’re supposed to be the President. https://t.co/tYeDt1lcOZ
— Andrew Cuomo (@NYGovCuomo) March 16, 2020
The Recount political site did a mashup of scenes from the men’s very different presentations. The clips don’t provide much of the information delivered, but do dramatically reveal the stark contrast between the executives’ tone and personality. As Trump lashes out at a reporter, Cuomo talks about love. Check it out below.
Trump and Gov. Cuomo both held coronavirus briefings today. pic.twitter.com/dz3Yxmccme
— The Recount (@therecount) March 20, 2020