Peter Doocy to Psaki: Is Cuomo Still the 'Gold Standard' of Leadership?

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Posted: Feb 25, 2021 2:15 PM
Peter Doocy to Psaki: Is Cuomo Still the 'Gold Standard' of Leadership?

Source: AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Gov. Andrew Cuomo is the leader of the National Governor's Association and as such he's supposed to lead the latest governors' meeting at the White House on Thursday. It's pretty awkward timing considering the dual scandals Cuomo is currently fielding. We recently learned that his administration had intentionally hidden the actual number of COVID-related nursing home deaths for months. Then, on Wednesday, Lindsey Boylan, a former Cuomo employee published an op-ed detailing the sexual harassment she says she experienced from the governor.

With that in mind, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy borrowed a question that ABC's Jonathan Karl tried to ask on Sunday - whether or not President Biden still considered Cuomo the "gold standard" of leadership during the pandemic. 

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki asked Doocy to consider "the context." At the time Biden complimented Cuomo, back in April 2020, Psaki says Biden spoke out in support of a range of governors who he thought were handling the pandemic outbreaks in their state well.

Doocy also hoped to get a comment on the sexual harassment allegations against Gov. Cuomo. Psaki agreed that Boylan deserved to be heard, but didn't comment further.

"When a person comes forward, they deserve to be treated with dignity and respect," she said. "Their voice should be heard, not silenced, and any allegation should be reviewed."

Doocy asked Psaki if the president plans to talk to Cuomo about these issues on Thursday. Psaki didn't give a straight answer, explaining that today's meeting with the governors will be focused on how to get relief to the American people. 

House Oversight Republicans are now looking to subpoena Gov. Cuomo over his decisions that likely led to the tragic COVID outbreak in New York nursing homes.