- The Washington Times - Monday, August 13, 2018

President Trump said Monday that New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo promised him that he wouldn’t run for president against him.

But Mr. Trump said he hopes the Democrat reconsiders.

Speaking at a campaign event in Utica, New York, Mr. Trump told the crowd that Mr. Cuomo once “called me and said ‘I will never run for president against you.’”

“But maybe he wants to,” Mr. Trump said. “Please do it. Please do it. Please. The one thing we know, they do say anybody that runs against Trump suffers.”

The governor gave Mr. Trump, his fellow New Yorker, a Bronx cheer before he arrived for his visit upstate.

“Mr. President, welcome back to New York, the progressive capital of the nation,” Mr. Cuomo said in a statement.

“Despite being a native New Yorker, since you took office, you have attacked our health care, passed a tax law that punished New York in order to fund corporate tax cuts, ripped immigrant New Yorkers from their families, launched an assault on our environment, and undermined the basic values on which this state and this nation were built,” Mr. Cuomo said. “You say you want to make this country great again, but you have clearly forgotten what made this country great in the first place. Perhaps you can use this trip to New York to help you remember what truly makes this state and this nation great.”

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