"Look, whether a person died in a hospital or died in a nursing home, people died," Cuomo told reporters. "[My father] was in a hospital, got transferred to a nursing home. My father died. My father was in a nursing home, got transferred to a hospital. My father died. People died."
"If you look at New York State, we have a lower percentage of deaths in nursing homes than other states. A third of all deaths in this nation are from nursing homes. New York State, we’re…about 28 percent, but we’re below the national average in number of deaths in nursing homes. But who cares — 33, 28, died in a hospital, died in a nursing home — they died," he said.
Cuomo attacked former President Donald Trump for using the nursing home crisis as a "political football" at a press conference this week.
"To play politics with it the way they did: that was mean," Cuomo said about Trump. "Because if you lost someone in a nursing home, then it put a thought in your head, ‘Well maybe it didn’t have to be. Maybe my father died unnecessarily.’ And that was just cruel to do, because it wasn’t true."