Cuomo said the states "have the power to open on their own timelines".

"Maybe he should have read the Constitution before saying he had the power to open the states?" Cuomo said.

"He did a very graceful 180, and people allowed him to do a very graceful 180. He now says it's up to the governors."

Cuomo said he was thankful for what the President had done for his state, but said it was Trump's job to provide the people with what the governor asked for. "I'm saying thank you for doing your job. This is your role as president," he said.

The President took exception to the assertion that it was a federal role to assist the states with testing, and quickly tweeted back to Cuomo.

"We have given New York far more money, help and equipment than any other state, by far, & these great men & women who did the job never hear you say thanks," Mr Trump wrote.

"Your numbers are not good. Less talk and more action!"