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CNN's Chris Cuomo Praises His Brother, Gov. Andrew Cuomo, On NY's COVID Response: "I'm Wowed By What You Did"


CNN's Chris Cuomo praises his brother, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, for his handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

CUOMO: Me having you on the show is an unusual thing. We've never really done it. But this was an unusual time. And they were unusual needs. And you stepped up in an unusual way that really was created by a vacuum of power on the Federal level.

And you're not the only one. There are other governors. And you've been very good and collaborative with Hogan down in Maryland, and Whitmer, and DeWine, and the ones up in the Northeast region. But these unusual times have demonstrated some unusual characteristics in people.

And, of course, I won't always be able to keep having you on this show. It'll never be seen as fair in people's eyes. And we both get that. And that's OK. You've got plenty of people to talk to.

But I want you to know that, you know, June is a big month for us, right? We got Mom and Pop's anniversary on the 5th. We got Pop's birthday on the 15th.

And this is what he always wanted. He was proud when you became Governor, because of what he'd know - he knew you'd do. Remember that whole talk he gave us about, "I'm not pride - proud. I don't believe in pride. Pride is a deadly sin, and blah all that."

What he wanted to see is what you do with the opportunity. And everything, that he ever said matter to him, about public service, is what you demonstrated right here, and right now, during this period, when your State needed it most. And I hear it all the time.

Not everybody likes you. Not everybody likes me. Everybody seems to like Pop now. That's the benefit of being out for a while and maybe gone.

I just hope you recognize what even I'm able to recognize, being spawned from the same wolf pack. I hope you are able to appreciate what you did in your State, and what it means for the rest of the country now, and what it will always mean to those who love and care about you the most.

I'm wowed by what you did. And, more importantly, I'm wowed by how you did it. This was very hard. I know it's not over. But obviously, I love you as a brother. Obviously, I'll never be objective. Obviously, I think you're the best politician in the country. But I hope you feel good about what you did for your people because I know they appreciate it. Nothing's perfect. You'll have your critics.

A. CUOMO: Thank you.

C. CUOMO: But I've never seen anything like what you did.

A. CUOMO: Thank you.

C. CUOMO: And that's why I'm so happy to have had you on the show. And I hope you know that.

A. CUOMO: Yes. Look, we're not very - we're not big on sweet talk. But what Dad was all about was making a difference.

C. CUOMO: That was pretty sweet.

A. CUOMO: That was sweet.

C. CUOMO: You made a difference.

A. CUOMO: I wonder who wrote it.

What Dad was - what Dad was all about - well you just stole my line.

What Dad was all about was making a difference. And he would say, "Who cares what they say," right? He lost his last election. People forget that. "Who cares what they say? It's what you know. It's what you did is right."

What I did here was right. And whatever, you know, was a political no- win, as you said from day one, you have people on both sides, and you couldn't make anybody happy, so you just do what's right.

I did what was right. I'm comfortable with what I did. I think the facts bear it out. I think the numbers bear it out. I think we saved tens of thousands of lives. But I did what was right.

And you do what is right. You tell the truth. You get up every night, and you tell the truth, whether they like it or not. This is the truth the way you see it. And that's all you can do.

So, I hope he'd be proud of me. He talked to me a lot through this, by the way. At 111 days, I did a briefing every day. I couldn't sleep at night. I'd close my eyes, and I would say, "What would Pop say?" And he spoke to me. And he helped me tremendously to get through it.

But what you do is the same thing. You're doing the right thing. And that's all we can do. Love you. Go to work.

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