New York Governor Andrew Cuomo requested a meeting with President Trump over tax reform that he claims is hurting his state’s revenue, but it quickly turned into a lecture on fracking and late-term abortion.
The meeting, which Law 360 described as “Cuomo return(ing) empty-handed,” did not go as planned by the extremist Democrat. The sole intent of the meeting was to discuss a$10,000 cap on federal deduction for state and local taxes (SALT). Cuomo is citing the provision for a drop in over $2 billion in tax revenue.
“I told the president myself today: SALT repeal is hurting us. And if you hurt New York, you’re harming the economic engine of the nation,” he bragged after the meeting.
White House notes suggest a different story. While the President and Cuomo did discuss the matter, Trump turned the tables and reminded the Governor that exorbitantly high taxes in his state might actually be the problem.
According to Deputy Press Secretary Judd Deere, the President listened to Cuomo’s SALT concerns then “reiterated the negative impact that high taxes in states like New York have on hardworking families and job creators.”
— New York Post (@nypost) February 13, 2019
Trump Suggests Fracking
President Trump offered a solution for Cuomo’s revenue woes, suggesting the Governor open up his state to fracking, which would be helpful to upstate New York, a region currently being held down economically by the state’s environmental restrictions.
Numerous studies, on the contrary, have found that fracking does not contaminate drinking water and would not have any large-scale impact on America’s groundwater.
“The President discussed economic growth opportunities for the State of New York, including helping lower energy prices throughout the entire Northeast by allowing low-cost, American energy to thrive with fracking and pipeline systems,” Deere said.
Cuomo isn’t interested in helping the upstate economy, a region he consistently loses in gubernatorial elections while being carried by the liberal cesspool of New York City and Long Island. I’m quite certain he was thrilled about the fracking lecture.
Trump Lectures Cuomo on Abortion
The lectures apparently didn’t stop there. According to the White House statement, President Trump managed to pivot away from tax talk to radical late-term abortion policies in New York.
“The President raised his concerns to Governor Cuomo about Democrats’ support of late-term abortions,” Deere added.
Last month, Cuomo celebrated his state’s new abortion legislation that allows termination of the baby at any time during pregnancy, describing the law as “a giant step forward in the hard-fought battle to ensure a woman’s right to make her own decisions about her own personal health” and a “historic victory for New Yorkers.”
He even went so far as to celebrate the future deaths of viable babies by lighting up monuments in New York in the color pink.
Cuomo says One World Trade Center’s 408-foot spire, the Gov. Mario M. Cuomo Bridge, the Kosciuszko Bridge and the Alfred E. Smith Building in Albany will be lit in pink tonight to celebrate passage of Reproductive Health Act https://t.co/TmDEmj18Vy pic.twitter.com/XYdgxPNaoC
— Joseph Spector (@GannettAlbany) January 23, 2019
“We all have a duty to defend the most basic and fundamental human right — the right to life,” the President wrote in a letter to pro-life supporters this past summer. “As President, I am dedicated to protecting the lives of every American including the unborn.”
That starts with confronting one of the most extreme pro-infanticide governors in the nation.