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Trump needles Cuomo again for saying 'America was never that great'

August 17, 2018 09:49 am Updated: August 17, 2018 09:49 am

President Donald Trump took fresh aim Friday at New York Democratic Gov. Andrew Cuomo, mocking him for saying earlier this week that "America was never that great."

"How does a politician, Cuomo, known for pushing people and businesses out of his state, not to mention having the highest taxes in the U.S., survive making the statement, WE'RE NOT GOING TO MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN, IT WAS NEVER THAT GREAT? Which section of the sentence is worse?" Trump wrote on Twitter.

Trump was referring to comments by Cuomo at a bill-signing ceremony in New York on Wednesday that were aimed at Trump's campaign slogan, "Make America Great Again."

"We're not going to make America great again; it was never that great," Cuomo said, drawing audible gasps and some applause. "We have not reached greatness. We will reach greatness when every American is fully engaged."

Cuomo's office later sought to clarify his intent, with a spokesman saying the governor "believes America is great and that her full greatness will be fully realized when every man, woman and child has full equality."

Later that night, Trump took to Twitter and accused Cuomo, who is seeking reelection this fall, of having a "total meltdown."

Cuomo responded to the Republican president, writing: "What you say would be 'great again' would not be great at all ... We will not go back to discrimination, segregation, sexism, isolationism, racism or the KKK."

Cuomo then cited a motto that appears on the state seal of New York, writing: "Excelsior -- Ever Upward (not backward)."

Conservative commentators have continued to seize on Cuomo's remarks from Wednesday. The episode was discussed Friday morning on "Fox & Friends" on Fox News, a show frequently watched by the president.