Gov. Cuomo Defends Receiving Advice from Brother, Says He Seeks Advice from Journalists All the Time

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Posted: May 24, 2021 5:00 PM
Gov. Cuomo Defends Receiving Advice from Brother, Says He Seeks Advice from Journalists All the Time

Source: (Mike Groll/Office of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo via AP)

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in an attempt to defend his brother for offering him advice on how to handle sexual harassment allegations, said he frequently receives advice from other journalists.

CNN host Chris Cuomo was reportedly on a group call with his brother Andrew, along with several other people, and said that he should not resign as governor as demands for him to step down is a form of "cancel culture."

Andrew said during a news conference Monday in response to a question from the New York Post:

I had conversations with my brother. I always have conversations with my brother because he’s my brother and he’s my best friend. Obviously, he was aware of what was going on and I talked to him about it, and he told me his thoughts. He always tells me his thoughts. Sometimes I follow them, sometimes I don’t. He was not covering the story. He had recused himself from the story.

The governor tried to downplay the violation of journalistic ethics that his brother took part in by adding that Chris was not the only person in the media that he would turn to for guidance.

I talk to journalists about situations all the time and they tell me their thoughts and their advice.

He did not clarify which journalists he has spoken to or what advice they have given him in the past.

Following revelations that Chris gave his brother advice, CNN told The Washington Post such conduct was "inappropriate" and that he would not be engaging in such conversations going forward.

The CNN anchor also apologized for his actions.