ALBANY — Gov. Andrew Cuomo will not be joining President Donald Trump during his trip to New York this week.
Trump, who grew up not far from the Democratic governor in Queens, will arrive Thursday afternoon for an event aboard the U.S.S. Intrepid to honor veterans of the Battle of the Coral Sea. The event is focused on foreign affairs — Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be present — and even Republicans in New York are not planning complementary events.
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“I don’t know particularly what his schedule is. I don’t know whether or not I’ve been invited to attend,” Cuomo told reporters after speaking at a high school in Queens. “I don’t feel slighted. Sometimes I feel slighted by the press, but besides that, and it happens so often that I’ve gotten over that. I don’t even know what the events are tomorrow.”
The White House has not provided details of the president’s arrangements, but FAA restrictions indicate he will not spend the night at his Fifth Avenue penthouse. Officials are bracing for protests both there and near the Intrepid.
Cuomo said he was unfazed that Trump will apparently leave the city after the formal activities.
“You know, his hometown now in many ways is Washington D.C.,” the governor said. “He’s from New York, but the White House is in Washington last time I checked.”