White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Sunday refused to condemn New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s fatal policy that sent patients infected with COVID-19 back into long-term care facilities in close contact with the most COVID-vulnerable population during the height of the pandemic.
While New York state Attorney General Letitia James found that Cuomo, his administration, and the state’s Health Department severely undercounted the number of COVID-related deaths in nursing homes by as much as 50 percent and his top aide admitted the state’s top office purposefully hid the nursing home COVID-19 death toll out of fear of a federal investigation, Psaki still defended him.
“Does President Biden still consider Andrew Cuomo the ‘gold standard’ when it comes to leadership on the pandemic?” the ABC News’ “This Week” host Jon Karl asked after playing a clip of Biden in April 2020 praising Cuomo’s COVID-19 response.
Psaki evaded the question, choosing to praise Cuomo for his leadership and position as chair of