President Trump on Friday tweeted that he loved New York — just not the elected officials running the city and state.
In a series of tweets about making Florida the official Trump state of residence, the president ripped Gov. Andrew Cuomo, Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York prosecutors investigating him as he again explained his decision to resettle at his Mar-a-Lago resort.
“I love New York, but New York can never be great again under the current leadership of Governor Andrew Cuomo (the brother of Fredo), or Mayor Bill de Blasio. Cuomo has weaponized the prosecutors to do his dirty work (and to keep him out of jams), a reason some don’t want to be in New York, and another reason they are leaving,” he wrote in the first of a series of Twitter posts.
The “Fredo” comment was a shot at the governor’s brother , CNN host Chris Cuomo, who freaked out when a heckler called him “Fredo” several weeks ago, referring to the simple Corleone brother from “The Godfather.”
“Taxes and energy costs are way too high, Upstate is being allowed to die as other nearby states frack & drill for Gold (oil) while reducing taxes & creating jobs by the thousands. NYC is getting dirty & unsafe again, as our great police are being disrespected, even with water dumped on them, because a Mayor and Governor just don’t ‘have their backs,’” Trump continued, referring to incidents in which goons dumped water on NYPD cops.
“New York’s Finest must be cherished, respected and loved. Too many people are leaving our special New York. Great leaders would work with a President and Federal Government that wants our wonerful [sic] City and State to flourish and thrive. I Love New York!” he concluded.
The governor on Friday mocked Trump for leaving his hometown, calling it a “desperate legal move” to avoid the release of his tax returns.
“The fight will continue, and I think it is a desperate legal move where he’s now going to argue ‘Well the state should have no right to my taxes because I moved out, I’m a Florida resident,’” Cuomo said on MSNBC. “That’s besides the point. When you filed your taxes, you were a New York resident. If you defrauded the state, you defrauded it when you are a New York state resident.”
Trump, a Queens native, wrote a series of tweets about his departure from Trump Tower after reports that he had filed documents to change his primary residence to Palm Beach, Florida, a state with no personal income and lower taxes overall.
Trump was raised in a Tudor-style home in Queens, but has lived in a gilded 58-floor apartment building emblazoned with his family name on Fifth Avenue since 1983.
“Good riddance,” Cuomo said after news broke of Trump’s impending exit. “He’s all yours, Florida.”
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