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Cuomo condemns Trump's transgender ban

Gov. Andrew Cuomo, in his first remarks since President Trump announced in a tweet that he was banning transgender people from the military, condemned the action as “terrible “and “hateful,” saying it is contrary to American values.

Cuomo, speaking before a meeting of the Association for a Better New York, said it is “true” that you can base a political movement on “fear and negativity,” but that divisiveness is “corrosive” and comes at a “terrible price.”

“I’ll tell you what I find more and more disturbing with the Trump Administration and this ultra-conservative dialogue,” Cuomo said before the business group. “It is all based on anger and hate.”  

Shortly after Trump’s tweet on Tuesday, Cuomo issued a statement saying New York “stands united with the transgender community” and will protect their rights.

Karen DeWitt is Capitol Bureau Chief for New York State Public Radio, a network of 10 public radio stations in New York State. WBFO listeners are accustomed to hearing DeWitt’s insightful coverage throughout the day, including expanded reports on Morning Edition.