DONALD Trump Jr has taken aim at Andrew Cuomo, sarcastically calling him a "brilliant strategist", after the New York governor announced "we must reopen the economy".
The president's son called out Cuomo on Twitter for allegedly announcing what his father has been saying for months – despite the pair being at loggerheads over the handling of the coronavirus pandemic.
Cuomo today announced during his during his 11th annual State of the State address, that the "cost is too high" for the state to "stay closed until the vaccine hits critical mass".
"We will have nothing left to open," he said.
"We must reopen the economy, but we must do it smartly and safely."
Cuomo later tweeted the remark, to which Donald Trump Jr responded: "Brilliant strategist… it's incredible that no one thought of this months ago!"
He was referring to his father's previous calls for the economy to re-open amid the pandemic, as tensions between the president and Cuomo escalate.
In November last year, Cuomo said he "would've decked Donald Trump" if he wasn't governor over the "nasty things" the president said.
The New York official has repeatedly come under fire for his handling of the coronavirus by Trump and his allies.
Speaking about the president's comments, Cuomo told Howard Stern on Monday: "I bit my tongue so many times I have tongue scars.
"Here's the trick, Howard. I want to speak to the better angels. I want to lift people up and I want to show Trump for what he is by opposition."
He then went on to suggest that he needed Trump's help during the pandemic, dubbing it "the practical situation."
"That was my job. If I wasn’t Governor of New York, I would’ve decked him. Period. He was attacking me. He was attacking my family. He was anti-Italian. He was every nasty thing."
Cuomo then went on to slam the president's slur of calling his brother, CNN anchor, Chris "Fredo" in reference to the younger brother from The Godfather.
"I’m from New York, right, so I’m very sensitive to all ethnic slights," the Governor said.
"It's not funny. First, the mafia stereotype has been such a stain for Italians for so long —and that’s where they go when they want to get cheap and nasty."
The New Yorker insisted that Trump just made the comments about his relative "to hurt me."
"I said to him, 'You want to attack me? Attack me. I don't have a problem with that, but why are you bringing my brother into it? He's just doing his job'."
The comments came on the same day that the Governor said Trump's vaccination plan is "flawed" claiming his team has learned "nothing from the past."
He told Good Morning America: "The bad news is that it’s about two months before Joe Biden takes over, and this means [the Trump] administration is going to be implementing a vaccine plan."
Cuomo claims the plan will use a "private mechanism" to roll out the drug, including hospitals and drug stores, which will miss out poorer, more vulnerable areas.
Communities in "healthcare deserts" without private facilities nearby will be hardest-hit, the Governor said at the time.
"I believe it learns nothing from the past.
"They’re basically going to have the private providers do it, and that’s going to leave out all sorts of communities that were left out the first time when COVID ravaged them."
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