Cuomo Walks Back 'Inartful' Comment That America 'Was Never That Great'

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Posted: Aug 17, 2018 2:05 PM
Cuomo Walks Back 'Inartful' Comment That America 'Was Never That Great'

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D) walked back his remarks Friday that “America was never that great.” He admitted Friday that his phrasing was “inartful.”

"The expression I used the other day was inartful, so I want to be very clear," Cuomo told reporters on a press call. "Of course America is great and of course America has always been great. No one questions that."

"As you know, my family is evidence of American greatness,” he added. “My grandparents came to this country as poor immigrants and their son became governor and his son became governor. That's never been a question."

However, during a bill signing ceremony Wednesday where he made the controversial comment, Cuomo seemed to be saying quite the opposite.

"We’re not gonna make America great again," Cuomo said at the time. "It was never that great." 

"We have not reached greatness," he emphasized. "We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged."

Cuomo’s remarks come after President Trump criticized his comment in a series of tweets early Friday morning wondering how Cuomo could “survive” as a politician after such a statement about America.