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Cynthia Nixon targets Andrew Cuomo over donations from Donald Trump

The governor reiterated his intention to keep money he had previously received from Trump, despite criticism from his Democratic primary opponent.

Cynthia Nixon, seen here on May 23, said

Cynthia Nixon, seen here on May 23, said on Thursday that the governor had accepted campaign money from Donald Trump in the past. Photo Credit: Howard Schnapp

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Thursday reiterated his intention to keep campaign contributions he received years ago from now-President Donald Trump, despite criticism from Democratic primary rival Cynthia Nixon.

“No, not at all,” Cuomo told reporters after an unrelated event in Brooklyn. “I’m going to be deeply critical of him and keep the contributions.”

Nixon, an actress who is challenging Cuomo for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination, had criticized Cuomo earlier in the day.

She released a fundraising appeal and a Facebook ad in which she said Cuomo, “cannot serve as a defense against Donald Trump when he’s accepted tens of thousands of dollars in campaign donations from Donald Trump.”

In doing so, Nixon took aim at one of Cuomo’s main campaign strategies so far: posit himself as leading the opposition against Trump’s agenda.

Cuomo, in his earlier campaigns, received about $64,000 in Trump contributions — though the most recent came in 2009, when Cuomo was state attorney general. Cuomo had said in 2016, when Trump was still a candidate, that he wouldn’t return the donations.

CORRECTION

Cynthia Nixon's name was misspelled in a previous version of this story.

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