News of CNN anchor Chris Cuomo’s positive coronavirus test broke as his brother Andrew, the governor of New York, was beginning his daily press conference in Albany.
Andrew is discussing Chris now, but here’s what happened when the two brothers spoke to each other in prime time on Monday night.
Andrew made headlines by repeatedly rebuffing Chris’s questions about whether he will run for president and also determinedly refused to engage with questions about Donald Trump’s handling of the crisis.
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But perhaps the most heartwarming section of the interview, mindful of the older Cuomo’s advice that New Yorkers “seek joy” during the coronavirus shutdown, came at the end, when Cuomo the younger discussed his keeping of the secret of their mother’s pasta sauce. Here’s some clips from the transcript.
Chris Cuomo: …Last night I was doing what I do for my family which is make my mother’s sauce. She taught me how to make the sauce, which is something that is very coveted. And she said I can only teach he, not she, he who will carry it on best.
“…I had a picture of her behind me as I always do when I’m cooking in the kitchen, a picture of my mother to remember our bond and how I care for her that she taught me how to make the sauce. She didn’t teach anybody else.
“And she called me and said, is Andrew there? I said, ‘No, mom, I’m all alone here out on the island with my family.’ And she said, ‘Where is he?’ And I said, ‘He’s up in Albany in the house with the big gates and the attack dog. And she said, ‘Oh, that’s too bad.’ And I said, ‘It’s OK, mom. I love him and I’ll make sauce for him, too.’ And she started to cry, and then I said goodbye. That’s what happened.
Governor Cuomo: You’ve always been good at manipulation. You’ve always been the meatball of the family. Look, some of us have to work, right? I don’t have the luxury of working one hour a day. God bless you. I’m happy for you.”
After some more back and forth, Chris Cuomo said: “Stay safe. I’ll talk to you soon. I’ll send you some sauce.”
Governor Cuomo: Love you, brother.
Chris Cuomo: Mom’s secret sauce.
Governor Cuomo: Thanks, thanks. I know. Meatball.
Chris Cuomo: I heard it. It’s a term of endearment in Italian circles, to be the meatball. Please hang up on him now. Thank you very much. He has a lot of work to do.”
Here’s the full video:
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