White House press secretary Jen Psaki wouldn’t say Wednesday whether Biden wanted to see Cuomo impeached and removed from office. The president himself did not answer a similar question yesterday when asked by a reporter.
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“The president made clear yesterday that Gov. (Andrew) Cuomo should resign. I believe we should start with that,” Psaki said at her briefing. “There’s obviously a process that’s going to proceed and leaders in new York spoke to that yesterday. We’ll leave it to them to speak to that, but the president believes Gov. Cuomo should do the right thing, resign, and leave space for future leadership in New York.”
Asked why Biden wouldn’t call Cuomo and ask him to resign, Psaki replied: “I think the president was pretty clear publicly, he asked him to resign yesterday.”
Biden has not called the disgraced governor, and there hasn’t been any contact between White House staff and anyone in Cuomo’s office, Psaki said. She added that there were no current plans for the two Democrats to speak.
Psaki was also asked about the request from the head of the World Health Organization Wednesday, calling for a moratorium on administering booster shots of COVID-19 vaccines to help ensure that doses are available in countries where few people have received their first shots.
WHO Director-General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus made the appeal on Wednesday mostly to wealthier countries that have far outpaced the developing world in numbers of vaccinations.
Psaki said the White House believes that “it’s a false choice and that we can do both.”
She pointed to the fact that the United States has already donated 110 million vaccines to the global community and has just started to donate 500 million doses of Pfizer on top of that.
Psaki said the administration is asking other countries to step up and donate more, as well, but the White House firmly believes the U.S. can share vaccines and distribute enough to every American who wants one.
Asked what the White House message is to Americans who are looking to get booster shots even though public health officials have not yet recommended them, Psaki said the administration is urging local officials to communicate with their populations.
Still, she said the U.S. is prepared to begin administering boosters as soon as the CDC or FDA announces the recommendation.