Gov. Andrew Cuomo (D-NY.) on Wednesday, Sept. 2, tore into President Donald Trump for signing a memo that initiates a process to defund “lawless” cities including New York.

Speaking in an apparently threatening manner, Cuomo said that the president would need an “army” for protection should he return to his hometown in Manhattan, New York.

“He better have an army if he thinks he’s gonna walk down the street in New York. New Yorkers don’t want to have anything to do with him,” Cuomo said during a press conference following the review’s approval, according to the New York Post.

“He can’t have enough bodyguards to walk through New York City. People don’t want to have anything to do with him,” he added.

Cuomo said he doubted the legality of the memo, speculating that it is based on a reaction to being “rejected” from the city. 

“I think it’s because he is from New York City and New York City rejected him, always,” Cuomo continued. “He was dismissed as a clown in New York City. Those who know him best, like him least. He was disrespected in New York City. Nobody took him seriously and he was just a tabloid cartoon.”

Cuomo later toned down his heated rhetoric, clarifying that he meant President Trump would need bodyguards for protection should he come to New York because he’s “persona non grata.”

“All I’m saying is that he is persona non grata in New York City. And I think he knows that. And he’ll never come back to New York, because New Yorkers will never forget how gratuitously mean he has been to New Yorkers and how many times he’s tried to kill the city that gave him his start and birthed him. That’s what I meant about the bodyguards,” he said.

On Wednesday, the president signed a five-page memo that orders his administration to review potential funding cuts to multiple metropolitan cities, including Seattle, Portland, Washington, D.C., and New York City.

“My Administration will do everything in its power to prevent weak mayors and lawless cities from taking Federal dollars while they let anarchists harm people, burn buildings, and ruin lives and businesses,” the president tweeted. “We’re putting them on notice today.”

Cuomo’s comments came after the New York Police Department union endorsed President Trump’s re-election.

Cuomo has faced intensifying scrutiny over his handling of nursing homes amid the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic, which potentially led to at least 6,500 deaths. The Justice Department announced last month that it was investigating nursing home resident deaths in New York and other cities.