In an interview on the ABC News program “This Week” this Sunday, Biden press person Jen Psaki was asked by an ABC correspondent whether President Biden still believed Governor Andrew Cuomo (D-NY) was the “gold standard” in leadership when it came to how he addressed the pandemic. She couldn’t answer the question.
Cuomo has been under fire for his team’s admission that they hid the real number of Covid-19 infected patients they sent into nursing homes in late March, in an effort to avoid an investigation by the Department of Justice. Even Democrats are calling for an investigation.
The exchange began with reporter Jonathan Karl saying to Psaki, “Last Spring, President Biden cited Andrew Cuomo as the gold standard for leadership during the pandemic…Now, we’ve seen that Governor Cuomo has allegedly undercounted nursing home deaths, mislead legislatures in New York, and he called New York assemblyman Ron Kim, [who was] raising questions basically threatening to destroy him [Kim]… does President Biden still consider Andrew Cuomo the gold standard when it comes to leadership on the Pandemic?”
Psaki ignored the question responding instead, “We work with Governor Cuomo just like we work with governors across the country, he’s also chair of the NGA so, he plays an important role in ensuring that we’re coordinating getting assistance out to the people of his state and states across the country. And we’ll continue to do that.”
She continued, “There will of course be a process, investigations, we’ll leave that other to determine the appropriate law enforcement authorities to determine how that path is going to look as we move forward.”
“But, Jen, my question was,” the reporter Karl challenged, “does President Biden still believe that Andrew Cuomo represents the gold standard on leadership during this pandemic?”
He was met first with silence from the spokesperson.
Karl then jumped back in saying, “Just a yes or no.”
Psaki smiled. “Well, John. Well, the President…the president,” she offered, “…well, it doesn’t have to be a yes or no answer,” she concluded.
WE ASK: How could it not be a yes or no answer?