Trump 'furious' at N.Y. governor for overshadowing his press briefings say W.H. sources (VIDEO)
Vanity Fair reporter Gabriel Sherman appeared on MSNBC's "Am Joy" on Sunday and claims that President Trump is "furious" his press conferences are being overshadowed by New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“My sources who are in touch with the White House, several people told me that one of the things driving this (Trump’s task force press conferences ) is that the president has been furious and frustrated at New York Governor Andrew Cuomo who has been holding these very widely well-received early morning press conferences and, in the president’s view, has sort of hijacked the news cycle.”
“So now you see Trump, you know, taking the stage after Cuomo trying to take back the mantle and unfortunately he’s doing that with misinformation,” he continued. “So we’re in a situation where the president’s narcissism and his need to be at the center of every story, even though the story is not about Donald Trump, this story is about a global pandemic, is what is driving the White House’s communication strategy.”
“I had a senior former West Wing official tell me that the president needs to be his own press secretary and that’s what’s driving this,” he added.
New York has been one of the hardest hit states in the country so far and is pleading for more federal help.
On Sunday, Governor Cuomo called on Trump and Congress to invoke the Defense Production Act in order to get the required medical supplies that will be needed. During his press conference, he says that the number of deaths now stands at 114.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is predicting that things aren't going to get any better anytime soon.
"April is going to be a lot worse than March and I fear May could be worse than April," the mayor said. “If we don’t get more ventilators in the next 10 days, people will die who don’t have to die."
“We have seen next to nothing from the federal government at this point," he added. "We’ve made this plea publicly, privately, letters, phone calls, you name it. Very, very little has arrived."