After Trump-Cuomo meeting, White House calls relationship with NY 'difficult'

Laverne Higgins
February 14, 2020

Andrew Cuomo will agree to President Donald Trump's demand that federal authorities have access to the state DMV database, in order to try to call Trump's bluff, CNN reports.

"I will never do that", Cuomo said.

Cuomo has alleged the decision was linked to the state's plan to allow undocumented immigrants to get driver's licenses. She added that "the president said that this is an issue he wants to work on and that he would follow up with the governor next week".

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said the meeting with Cuomo was "productive" and that NY and federal officials will to try to find a compromise.

On Thursday, Trump made a veiled threat toward the state of NY, home of multiple lawsuits against him, ahead of his meeting with NY governor Andrew Cuomo (D) to discuss the Department of Homeland Security's freeze on its "Trusted Travelers" programs for New Yorkers. He said in a tweet that discussions would continue to find a mutually agreeable solution.

"New York must stop all of its unnecessary lawsuits & harrassment, start cleaning itself up, and lowering taxes".

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White House representatives confirmed the meeting with Cuomo is slated for Thursday.

This comes a day after New York Attorney General Letitia James sued DHS for the ban, claiming that it was "political retribution" for the Green Light Law.

"Build relationships, but don't bring Fredo!" the president tweeted, referring to the not-so-sharp Corleone brother from the "Godfather" films.

"You apply for this and you do an in-person interview with the federal government and you provide them all your documentation", he said.

Roughly 200,000 New Yorkers are affected by the halt on applications, according to DHS, including 30,000 commercial truck operators who travel to Canada and Mexico.

The two have clashed on Trump's income tax cuts, which imposed a $10,000 cap on state and local tax deductions, hiking federal taxes for many homeowners in NY, and on New York's ban on hydraulic fracturing.

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