New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo publicly said Wednesday night that President Trump "better have an army" to ensure his safety next time he visits New York City.
"He better have an army if he thinks he's gonna walk down the street in New York," Cuomo said at a press conference. "New Yorkers don't want to have anything to do with him. He can't have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City, people don't want to have anything to do with him."
Cuomo called the press conference and made the remarks after a report by the New York Post that Trump had called for a review of federal funds given to New York City and other major cities that for months have been mired in anarchy. The president's memo on the subject also names Portland, Seattle, and Washington, D.C. Trump is reportedly calling for a withdrawal of such funds over liberal mismanagement of the cities, including official efforts to defund police departments.
The governor bashed Trump's move to defund the city.
"It's political; it is gratuitous. And it's illegal. But it is another attempt to kill New York City," Cuomo said. "President Ford said drop dead. President Trump has been actively trying to kill New York City since he's been elected."
Cuomo said he thinks Trump is interested in pulling federal funds from the city because its people have rejected Trump as president. He also has blamed Trump for the devastating effects of COVID-19 on the city.
Toward the end of Wednesday night' press briefing, Cuomo tried to explain his opening comments about Trump.
"My comment about the president and bodyguards in New York City, all I'm saying is that he is persona non grata in New York City," the governor said.