President Donald Trump said New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) would be a better presidential candidate than former Vice President Joe Biden, who is the presumptive Democratic nominee, Politico reported.
Cuomo has received heightened national attention as the state of New York has become the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the United States, leading some to speculate about his potential as a presidential candidate.
"I wouldn't mind running against Andrew," Trump said Monday on Fox News' "Fox and Friends." "I've known Andrew for a long time. I wouldn't mind that, but I'll be honest, I think he'd be a better candidate than Sleepy Joe. Now, it's every poll that says I'm going to win, because you say [Cuomo's] gotten good marks, but I've gotten great marks on what we've done with respect to this. I've gotten great marks and even from almost every Democratic governor, so I've gotten great marks also, but we want to always make sure we have a great president and somebody that's capable. I personally don't think Joe Biden is capable."
President Trump also said that Cuomo has been successful in handling the coronavirus situation because the Trump administration has equipped him to be successful through the provision of resources.
Cuomo, focused on an escalating public health crisis in his state, said Monday he has no presidential aspirations at this time, and that he's grateful to the president for the assistance he's given.
"I said from day one I wasn't running for president, and I am not running for president now," Cuomo said during a news conference. "I am not playing politics. I just want partnership to deal with this. And I said to the president quite clearly, look, when you do good things for my state and you are a good partner, I will be the first one to say you are a good partner and I have. I went to the ship Comfort today. I said, 'Thank you, Mr. President.' We opened up the Javits Center, I said thank you to the Army. They did a great job here, the Army Corps of Engineers."
More than 1,500 deaths have been linked to coronavirus in New York, and there have been more than 9,000 confirmed cases. The rapidly increasing number of cases in the state has led to concerns about shortages of personal protective equipment and hospital beds.
The USNS Comfort hospital ship arrived in New York Harbor on Monday to expand the state's capacity to treat patients.