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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo criticized President Trump at a breakfast preceding this weekend's Women's March in Manhattan.

Cuomo said he is continuing to make the Empire State into "the socially progressive capital of the nation," no matter what social policy the nation's capital puts forward.

"The federal government wants to take us back[ward]," Cuomo said. "You have a president of the United States who simply does not respect women."

"It's that simple," Cuomo said. "It's a simple issue of respect and perception of the relationship."

Cuomo said Trump views his interaction with women as part of a beauty pageant pointing to the report the president asked that more Scandinavians should emigrate to the United States.

"More Norwegians," he said. "He's still thinking 'Miss America contest'."

Cuomo made the remarks as the state's 2018 gubernatorial election nears, with State Assembly Minority Leader Brian Kolb (R-Canandaigua) and Erie County Executive Joel Giambra as declared Republican candidates.

He added that he is not upset with the government shutdown, as it appears to pause the Trump agenda on social issues.

Cuomo accused Congress of "rolling back" several advancements women have made over the last century.

He remarked that the fact most of his late father Gov. Mario Cuomo's (D-N.Y.) grandchildren are girls that "God sent the Cuomo's a special message when it came to women."

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