Trump commits to helping blue states fight the coronavirus - if their governors are nice to him - 2020-03-25
President Donald Trump says he's willing to help blue-state governors who are struggling to contain coronavirus outbreaks — but only if they're willing to stop criticizing him in exchange.
"It's a two-way street," Trump told Fox News on Tuesday. "They have to treat us well, also. They can't say, 'Oh, gee, we should get this, we should get that.'"
Trump's comments came as Andrew Cuomo — the Democratic governor of New York, the state currently at the heart of America's coronavirus outbreak — pleaded with Trump to do more to provide his state (and others) with medical gear and ventilators. Trump's line seems to be that Cuomo isn't in a position to make demands unless he refrains from criticizing the federal government (and, by extension, him).