After weeks of holding out, President Joe Biden was finally forced to break down and issue a statement about embattled New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo but turned down the option to actually call for Cuomo’s resignation, stating he will wait until the completed investigation before making a decision.
“I think the investigation is underway and we should see what it brings us.” Biden noted Cuomo’s scandal Sunday upon returning to the White House.
The news comes following growing media concern that Biden has refused to address sexual harrassment accusations against Cuomo in recent weeks. The White House had previously argued accusers must “be treated with respect,” without offering additional information.
Biden’s response also follows a Friday announcement by Sens. Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and Chuck Schumer (D-NY) who joined New York Congressional Democrats calling for the governor’s resignation.
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Jamaal Bowman, Jerry Nadler, Nydia Velazquez, Grace Meng, Sean Patrick Maloney and Carolyn Maloney on Fridaycalled for Cuomo to resign.
Cuomo has continued to state he will not resign. On Saturday, the governor reported he won’t bow to “cancel culture.”
“Women have a right to come forward and be heard and I encourage that fully. But I also want to be clear, there is still a question of the truth, I did not do what has been alleged. Period,” he stated in a press conference.
“There are often many motivations for making an allegation and that is why you need to know the facts before you make decision,” he said.
Cuomo’s fellow Democrats are increasingly turning against him. Time will tell whether Biden will add his voice to the many others calling for the governor’s time in office to end.