On Sunday, President Joe Biden personally weighed in on the controversies surrounding embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, saying that he would wait until the end of the investigation to give his opinion on the proper response.
As the president returned to the White House after spending the weekend in his home state of Delaware, a reporter asked Biden if he believed Cuomo should resign.
Biden refuses to say if Cuomo should resign. “An investigation is underway”. pic.twitter.com/FC4ecpjFTI
— Maggie VandenBerghe (@FogCityMidge) March 15, 2021
Biden: ‘I Think The Investigation Is Underway And We Should See What It Brings Us’
Biden replied, “I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us.”
For weeks, President Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have remained silent on scandals that have engulfed New York’s governor even as more women have come forward to accuse Cuomo of sexual harassment.
On Friday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said that the president and vice president believe “every woman who has come forward deserves to have her voice heard” and should “be treated with respect.”
"The president believes that every woman who's come forward … deserves to have her voice heard, should be treated with respect and should be able to tell her story." – White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on allegations against New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo pic.twitter.com/DGH4bat7RP
— USA TODAY (@USATODAY) March 12, 2021
Prominent Democrats Calling For Cuomo’s Resignation
Yet, other high profile Democrats have begun to speak out, including asking Cuomo to step down.
On Friday, Democratic Sens. Kristen Gillibrand and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer joined many New York Congressional Democrats in calling for Cuomo’s resignation.
NEW: New York Senators Schumer and Gillibrand call for Cuomo to resign pic.twitter.com/fMykGBT225
— Andrew Solender (@AndrewSolender) March 12, 2021
Cuomo: ‘I’m Not Going To Resign’
But Cuomo says he’s not going anywhere.
“I’m not going to resign,” Cuomo said, adding, “I also want to be clear: There is still a question of the truth.”
“I did not do what has been alleged,” Cuomo insisted. “Period.”
I call on @NYGovCuomo to resign.
If he refuses, I call for impeachment. https://t.co/sgZHXKGwnD
— Janice Dean (@JaniceDean) February 17, 2021
Cuomo sexual harassment controversy comes in the wake of nursing home scandal
The sexual harassment accusations against Cuomo come in the wake of his office being accused of hiding the actual number of deaths in New York nursing homes due to the governor’s COVID-19 policies, which required seniors who tested positive for the virus to be allowed to enter these facilities filled with the elderly.
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