Instead of Pressing Gov. Cuomo on NY Nursing Homes, Chris Cuomo Jokes About His Brother's Big Nose

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Posted: May 21, 2020 8:30 AM

CNN anchor Chirs Cuomo once again interviewed his brother New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) during Wednesday's episode of "Cuomo Prime Time" and he once again did not press his brother about the decision to force nursing homes to accept COVID-19 positive patients.

The only time nursing homes were discussed during the roughly 20-minute interview was when Gov. Cuomo said they were testing those who work at nursing homes as part of a new policy, along with increasing testing for the Wuhan coronavirus in places such as prisons.

While not pressing his brother on the controversial order, which ran from March to May, Cuomo did find time to joke about the nose size of the older Cuomo.

"This is the normal swab I’m holding up here now for everybody at home. A very valuable object. There’s only one company in the entire country that makes these up in Maine. Is it true that this was the swab that the nurse was actually using on you and that at first it went into your nose and disappeared so that in scale this was the actual swab that was being used to fit up that double-barrel shotgun that you have mounted on the front of your pretty face?" Cuomo quipped as he held up two large cotton swab props.

"You know, first I thought I did so well on that nasal test standing up there. She did the swab, I did not flinch. I was a cool dude in a loose mood, didn’t move," Gov. Cuomo replied as he held back laughter.

"Of course you were. That swab is like a piece of lint going in that thing in your face. How could it have collected anything? It was like throwing a rock around a cave," CNN's Cuomo continued.

Cuomo has said the order was needed at the time to ensure hospitals had room to treat COVID-19 cases. He has gone on to say the safety and well being of those in nursing homes have always been a "top priority."

The New York Post reports that the death toll nursing home facilities have reported does not match the state's official tally from long-term care facilities, which is around 5,400. 

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