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Report: President Trump tells reporters Upstate New Yorkers should 'go to another state'

Then-candidate Donald Trump campaigns in Syracuse in 2016 (CNYCentral File Photo)

According to a story in the New York Post, President Trump told a group of reporters from the Regional Reporters Association that Upstate New Yorkers may be better off living in another state.

“If New York isn’t going to treat them better, I would recommend they go to another state where they can get a great job,” Trump said in an interview with the Regional Reporters Association, according to the New York Post.

President Trump was talking about the shift to Democratic leaders in Upstate New York during the 2018 midterms. Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, was re-elected. Rep. Anthony Brindisi (D-NY-22) defeated incumbent Republican Rep. Claudia Tenney, and Democrats now control both houses of the New York State Legislature.

Here's another quote from the president, according to the New York Post:

“I love those people,” Trump said of upstate New Yorkers.
“Those people are my voters. They’ve been treated very badly. Upstate New York used to be 55-45, now it’s way in the other direction.”

In 2017, during an interview with the Wall Street Journal, the president encouraged people living in "upper New York " to leave their homes for places such as Wisconsin.

The offhand remark about the areas of the Empire state located north of New York City was made in regard to an Apple contractor announcing it would build a factory in Wisconsin. That deal has since reportedly gone south.

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