Wednesday, August 15, 2018

In knocking Trump, Cuomo criticized for saying America 'was never that great'

ALBANY - Gov. Andrew Cuomo gave an impassioned speech Wednesday by knocking President Donald Trump over his comments and policies toward women.

Then Cuomo was stung by his own comments as he derided Trump when he said, "We’re not going to make America great again. It was never that great."

The Democratic governor drew criticism from his Republican foes for the line as he discussed the need for stronger women's rights during the speech in Manhattan, where he signed a bill to make sex trafficking in New York a felony.

Republican gubernatorial candidate Marc Molinaro said Cuomo owed the nation an apology.

"America, with its imperfections, has always been great," Molinaro, the Dutchess County executive, said in a statement.

"Our people, our principles, and our promises have been a beacon light to the world for 242 years and counting."

The state GOP called the comment "offensive" and called "on every Democratic candidate and elected official to condemn his remarks immediately."

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