New York Governor Andrew Cuomo said Monday, “The truth is everyone has done their best.” “The truth is that it was in the midst of a terrible pandemic. The truth is that cover is attacking the elderly. The truth is, with everything we know, people are still dying.”
Cuomo has been responding to a series of reports over the past few days that his administration has withheld information about the extent of the devastation the Covid-19 virus has wrought in the state’s nursing homes. On Friday, the New York Times reported that a top aide to Cuomo revealed in a private conference call with Democratic donors that the state withheld the data because it feared an investigation by Trump’s Justice Department.
On Monday, the New York governor did not deny that he had not released important information, saying, “There was a delay.” But he sought to portray the lack of communication as a simple mistake, not a deliberate deception.
“I want everyone to know: everything was done. Everything was done by the best minds. The last thing I wanted to do was to aggravate the terrible situation.”
“Looking back on the past, should we have given more priority to meeting information requests?” Asked. “In my opinion, yes.”
Cuomo said the lack of information then led to speculation.
He claimed that “the vacuum we created by not providing information was filled with fear and irony.” “Nature hates a vacuum. Politics is too. If you don’t provide information, then there will be something else.”
The governor emphasized that his administration, throughout the pandemic, had endeavored to do its best as the situation developed.
These decisions are not political decisions. They created the best information available to the medical experts of the time. “