White House sidesteps questions about Cuomo amid nursing home furor

White House sidesteps questions about Cuomo amid nursing home furor


White House press secretary Jen Psaki distanced President Biden from embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo as the fellow Democrat faces investigations into the allegations that he covered up how many people died in his state’s nursing homes due to the coronavirus.

Psaki wouldn’t stand by Biden’s description from last spring of Cuomo as the “gold standard” of gubernatorial leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic, adding that the president was focused on working with all governors across the country as part of his national strategy to deal with the virus.

“I’m not here to give new labels or names,” she told ABC on Sunday, leaving the investigations into Cuomo’s response to the “appropriate” authorities.

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Cuomo has been criticized for directing New York nursing homes on March 25 to admit COVID-19-positive patients, a decision directly linked to more than 1,000 additional deaths.

Cuomo’s administration is also accused of withholding and

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