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Biden has ‘no plans’ to call Cuomo to ask for resignation

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Biden has ‘no plans’ to call Cuomo to ask for resignation

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Wednesday that President Biden has “no plans” to personally call embattled New York Gov.

Andrew Cuomo and ask for his resignation after the state’s attorney general said he sexually harassed several women, breaking state and federal law.

“No,” Psaki said when asked if the president called the governor since the release of the report by New York Attorney General Letitia James Tuesday. The president said that Cuomo should resign hours after the report was released.

Asked later in the briefing if Biden will call Cuomo personally as the leader of the Democratic Party and ask him to step down for the good of the party, Psaki did not answer the question.

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“I think the president was pretty clear publicly. He asked him to resign yesterday,” Psaki said. She added that she has “no plans” to brief reporters about for such a call.

Psaki was also asked whether the president supports New York legislators removing Cuomo from office via impeachment. She would not say that he does, but simply reiterated that the president believes Cuomo should resign.

“The president made clear yesterday that Gov. Cuomo should resign and I believe we should start with that… we’ll leave it to them to speak to that,” Psaki said of New York lawmakers and impeaching Cuomo. “The president made clear because of the abhorrent allegations … that it is time for Gov. Cuomo to resign.”

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But she did not say that the White House will strip Cuomo of his leadership status on the administration’s COVID-19 response calls with governors.

“I’m not sure when the next one is scheduled but again I would convey that our objective is not to hurt the people of New York in the fight against COVID,” Psaki said.

“If he is no longer the governor of New York, which is certainly what the president made clear is his preference then we will engage with other people.

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But we are not going to take steps to hurt the people of New York in the fight against COVID

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