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NY Dem state senator: Cuomo ‘knowingly chose to lie’ about nursing homes

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Governor Andrew Cuomo is facing increased scrutiny, as Democratic Party members are speaking out against his failed handling of the COVID-19 epidemic in New York State. The evidence, compiled in a thorough report by the New York state Attorney General, revealed troubling allegations that Cuomo’s administration not only exposed nursing facilities COVID-19 but also underreported the deaths by at least 50 %.

The scandal widened when State senator Jessica Ramos, who represents a district in Queens, released a blistering statement Friday that Cuomo’s administration “knowingly chose to lie & play politics with New Yorkers’ lives.”

Ramos accused the governor of ““allow[ing] his ego and his donor base to dictate the response to this pandemic.”

She called for Cuomo’s emergency powers, which were granted to him in the early days of the pandemic, to be stripped. She also demanded an investigation be done and the governor and his team be subpoenaed.

The news comes as White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki refused to condemn Cuomo’s actions.

Asked Friday about the Biden administration’s view of Cuomo and his team “withholding information” on their handling of the pandemic, Psaki said they are not looking to “give anyone a stamp of approval,” as reported by the Post Millenial.

“The president hosted Gov. Cuomo and a bipartisan group of governors and mayors to the White House today to get their perspective from the front lines,” she added.

“Not to give anyone a stamp of approval, or to seek their stamp of approval, and, to discuss the urgency of passing the American rescue plan,” she concluded.

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Trump: Tanks to Ukraine could escalate to use of ‘NUKES’

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Former President Donald Trump stated bluntly on Truth Social,  “FIRST COME THE TANKS, THEN COME THE NUKES. Get this crazy war ended, NOW. So easy to do!”

Trump was referring to the escalation of war in Ukraine. He, like many other commentators and lawmakers, are warning that the decision to continue sending weapons – and now tanks – could potentially lead to the use of “nuclear weapons.”

It’s mission creep and it’s dangerous, they say.

Why? Because Russian President Valdimir Putin has indicated in two different speeches that he would use nuclear weapons to defend Russia, if needed. Those warnings are not just bluster but a very real possibility.

And the escalation of war is visible.

Russia launched 55 missiles strikes across Ukraine Thursday, leaving 11 dead. The strikes come one day after the United States and Germany agreed to send tanks to Ukraine in an effort to aide the country. 47 of the 55 missiles were shot down according to Ukraine’s Air Force command.

Eleven lives were lost and another 11 were injured additionally leaving 35 buildings damaged in the wake of the attacks. According to The New York Times, Denys Shmyhal, said in a post on Telegram. “The main goal is energy facilities, providing Ukrainians with light and heat,” he said.

Ukraine is now demanding that they need F-16 fighter jets. In a post on twitter Ukrainian lawmaker, Oleksiy Goncharenko said, “Missiles again over Ukraine. We need F16.”

The US has abstained from sending advanced jets in the chances that a volatile decision could foster more dangerous attacks like former President Trump’s post on Truth referred to. If the US did authorize the decision to lend Ukraine the F-16 jets Netherlands’ foreign minister, Wopke Hoekstra, would be willing to supply them. According to The New York Times, Hoekstra told Dutch lawmakers, “We are open-minded… There are no taboos.”

F-16 fighter jets are complex to work on, they are not the average aircraft that can be learned in a matter of weeks. It can take months for pilots to learn how to fly these birds. European and US officials have the concern that Ukrainian forces could potentially use the jets to fly into Russian airspace and launch attacks on Russian soil.

Western allies are trying to avoid such a provocation, because that could lead to nuclear warfare in reference to what Putin has said he would do to defend his country.

 

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