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New York Governor Andrew Cuomo walked back his earlier statement this week that America "was never that great," during a phone call with reporters Friday, per the New York Post.

"The expression I used the other day was inartful, so I want to be very clear: Of course America is great and of course America has always been great... His philosophy is not just repugnant to New York, his philosophy is anti-American."
— Andrew Cuomo

The president responded in a tweet following Cuomo's remarks, arguing that his criticism was worse than Hillary Clinton's "deplorables" comment during her 2016 presidential campaign.

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Editor's note: This story has been updated to reflect the latest developments.

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In photos: D.C. and U.S. states on alert for pre-inauguration violence

National Guard troops stand behind security fencing with the dome of the U.S. Capitol Building behind them, on Jan. 16. Photo: Kent Nishimura / Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Security has been stepped up in Washington, D.C., and state capitols across the U.S. as authorities brace for potential violence this weekend.

Driving the news: Following the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by some supporters of President Trump, the FBI has said there could be armed protests in D.C. and in all 50 state capitols in the run-up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration Wednesday.

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Rep. Lou Correa tests positive for COVID-19

Lou Correa. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Lou Correa (D-Calif.) announced on Saturday that he has tested positive for the coronavirus.

Why it matters: Correa is the latest Democratic lawmaker to share his positive test results after last week's deadly Capitol riot. Correa did not shelter in the designated safe zone with his congressional colleagues during the siege, per a spokesperson, instead staying outside to help Capitol Police.

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