President Donald Trump and Governor Andrew Cuomo failed to reach an agreement Thursday to resolve a dispute over the administration's decision to ban New York state residents from using programs that allow speedier customs and immigration checks.
Trump and Cuomo met Thursday at the White House to discuss the Department of Homeland Security's announcement last week that it would no longer permit New Yorkers to sign up for or renew enrollments in the Trusted Traveler programs, citing new limits on federal access to state driver's license data aimed at protecting undocumented immigrants.
"New York is the only state that restricts CBP access to their data across the board -- for law enforcement, customs, trade and travel facilitation purposes," Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement after the meeting, using an acronym for Customs and Border Protection.
"Despite that, we will continue discussions with the State of New York to find a mutually agreeable solution," said Wolf, who attended the White House meeting.
Cuomo said Wednesday he would offer a compromise that would let federal officials access state driving records on a case-by-case basis in exchange for allowing New Yorkers to once again use Global Entry and other Trusted Traveler programs.
But Cuomo, a Democrat, also sought to raise public pressure on Trump to reverse course. He called the administration's decision "extortion" during a Thursday morning appearance on CNN.
"We will give you whatever information you want from the DMV database, from the motor vehicles database for the Trusted Traveler program. I'm cooperating. Will you now stop doing what you're doing, which is gratuitous and retaliatory?" Cuomo said in the interview.
White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham denied the administration's actions were politically motivated.
"This is about the security of our country and the American people and nothing else," she said on Fox News.
But hours later, Trump attacked Cuomo on Twitter, criticizing his policies in New York on immigration and taxes, complaining about a number of lawsuits the state has filed against him.
New York Attorney General Letitia James answered in a tweet: "When you stop violating the rights and liberties of all New Yorkers, we will stand down."
She added: "BTW, I file the lawsuits, not the governor."
Trump, a lifelong New Yorker, last year changed his primary residence to Florida in a move that could lighten his tax bill. The president owns the Mar-a-Lago club in Palm Beach, Fla., where he often spends weekend and holidays.
Information for this article was contributed by Justin Sink and Keshia Clukey of Bloomberg News.
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