New York governor Andrew Cuomo (D.) said President Donald Trump "better have an army" with him if he ever returns to his home city of New York.
"He can't come back to New York, he can't. He's going to walk down the street in New York? Forget bodyguards, he better have an army if he thinks he's going to walk down the street in New York," Cuomo told reporters on Wednesday.
Cuomo also accused the president of trying to "kill" New York City since he's become president.
"President Trump has actively been trying to kill New York City ever since he's been elected," Cuomo said.
Trump fired back at Cuomo Thursday morning, blaming the governor for thousands of deaths following Cuomo's policy to put elderly coronavirus patients back into nursing homes.
"[Cuomo] should get his puppet New York prosecutors, who have been illegally after me and my family for years, to investigate his incompetent handling of the China Virus, and all of the deaths caused by this incompetence. It is at minimum a Nursing Home Scandal – 11,000 DEAD!" Trump wrote on Twitter.
Cuomo's comments came in response to Trump's threat to cut federal funding from cities that fail to get violence and looting under control. The cities are predominately controlled by Democrats, including all the cities the White House mentioned in its memo justifying the proposed funding cut.
"For the past few months, several State and local governments have contributed to the violence and destruction in their jurisdictions by failing to enforce the law, disempowering and significantly defunding their police departments, and refusing to accept offers of Federal law enforcement assistance," the memo stated.
The memo specifically mentioned Seattle, Portland, and New York City as examples of urban unrest. The memo also pointed to a rise in shootings that has plagued New York City over the summer.