Didn’t he get impeached for using similar tactics in Ukraine?
Courtesy of Politico:
President Donald Trump appeared Thursday to link his administration’s policies toward New York to a demand that the state drop investigations and lawsuits related to his administration as well as his personal business and finances.
Hours before New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was set to meet the president at the White House, Trump tweeted that Cuomo “must understand” that National Security far exceeds politics,” a reference to his administration’s recent decision to halt New York’s access to the Global Entry and other “trusted traveler” programs that allow New Yorkers faster border crossings and shorter airport lines.
Trump continued, “New York must stop all of its unnecessary lawsuits & harrassment, start cleaning itself up, and lowering taxes.”
Trump’s invocation of “lawsuits & harrassment” was a reference to the state’s numerous lawsuits against his administration and also against Trump’s business, which is based in New York.
That prompted Rep. Val Demings (D-Fla.), one of the House managers who prosecuted Trump’s impeachment in the Senate, to accuse the president of “expanding his abuse of power to blackmailing U.S. states (threatening millions of people he supposedly works for). In this case, he’s holding New York state hostage to try to stop investigations into his prior tax fraud.”
Trump also took a moment to insult Governor Cuomo’s brother, CNN host Chris Cuomo.
I’m seeing Governor Cuomo today at The White House. He must understand that National Security far exceeds politics. New York must stop all of its unnecessary lawsuits & harrassment, start cleaning itself up, and lowering taxes. Build relationships, but don’t bring Fredo!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 13, 2020
Courtesy of Fox News:
The “Fredo” reference is a nod to “The Godfather” films and Trump is comparing Chris Cuomo – a CNN anchor and the governor’s brother – to a character in the film who ultimately betrays his brother. The reference was first made by a Trump supporter last summer in a viral video that saw the television journalist get irate with the man for the insult.
In the video, Cuomo says the term was meant as a derogatory term for his Italian heritage, similar to the “N-word” for African Americans.
“Punk-a** b*****s from the right call me Fredo,” Cuomo said in the video. “My name is Chris Cuomo. I’m an anchor on CNN. Fredo is from The Godfather. He was a weak brother and they use it as an Italian aspersion.”
The jab from Trump, who has used the slight against the television anchor in the past, is sure to add even more tension between him and the New York governor when they meet at the White House Thursday.
If you have seen any movies about the Mafia you probably recognize this tactic as a way for the senior mobster to apply pressure to his weaker associate, by insulting him while camouflaging it as a harmless joke.
It is often referred to as “Busting his balls.”
Trump knows that Cuomo needs the support of the federal government and is using his power to put the other man in a subservient position.
Don Corleone would be proud, but the American people should be appalled.