After weeks of avoiding the issue, President Biden finally ended his silence on disgraced Democratic Governor Andrew Cuomo, whose future seems in peril because of his nursing home deaths scandal and accusations of sexual harassment.
President Biden, who himself has been accused by several women of sexual harassment—and even of sexual assault by one—did not ask the governor to resign.
“I believe the investigation is underway and we should see what it finds,” President Biden said when asked if he believed Governor Cuomo should resign during a Q&A session from the White House on Sunday.
Both U.S. senators from New York, Kirsten Gillibrand and Chuck Schumer, have asked the governor to resign. Cuomo has refused to do so.
“Andrew Cuomo does not possess the integrity to resign,” said NY Republican Chairman Nick Langworthy. “He will grab power at any cost, regardless of the facts being exposed about his abuse, corruption, and incompetence.”
President Biden has also been criticized for calling Governor Cuomo the “gold standard” of governors during coronavirus, even though New York fared the worst of any state against the virus, and the governor made the order that nursing homes should accept covid-infected people, which ended in a large outbreak among residents of nursing homes in New York, killing thousands. Cuomo then carried out a cover-up of the state’s COVID data to avoid a federal investigation.