New York was once the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic in the United States, but by following strict guidelines, the state was able to lower the number of positive COVID-19 cases.

On Sunday, NY Governor Andrew Cuomo called out President Trump and the White House over their poor response to the pandemic following comments made by WH Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

During a conversation with Jake Tapper on CNN, Meadows claimed that getting control of the virus isn't even an option.

“We are not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines, therapeutics, and other mitigation areas,” he said.

Following his comments, Cuomo responded by stating Meadows admitted to being defeated by the virus.

“That was a very telling statement that he said that. Because it basically admitted and encapsulated the way they’ve handled COVID from the start,” Cuomo said

Cuomo noted that the president was warned that millions of people could die and ignored the facts.

“They capitulated. They surrendered. They surrendered without firing a shot. It was the great American surrender. Americans don’t surrender. And they didn’t even put up a fight, and what we learned in New York was if you put up a fight you would have won because New York won,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo’s words began trending on Twitter with Americans calling out Trump over taking too long to realize he couldn’t control the coronavirus.

“He will be responsible for the deaths of 100’s of thousands of US Citizens. #TrumpSurrendered,” one person tweeted.

Ebola expert Dr. Dena Grayson added, “We are at war with the deadly #coronavirus. Instead of showing strength and leadership, Trump surrendered from Day 1. And now, more than 225,000 Americans are DEAD. It’s the biggest scandal in American history. #TrumpSurrendered @MeidasTouch #VOTE.”

Meanwhile, one person noted that Trump’s “Make American Great Again” solgan no longer holds value.

“Hey @realDonaldTrump - Alexander the ‘Great’ didn’t earn his name by surrendering to every country he visited. You can’t surrender to a virus and say you’ll make America ‘Great’. #TrumpSurrendered,” the individual wrote.

The US has over than 8 million positive COVID-19 cases and more than 225,000 people have died from the virus.

US President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, a former Democrat stronghold that Trump won in the 2016 election. Trump's wife Melania Trump cancelled plans to accompany him to Pennsylvania at the last minute, ci US President Donald Trump speaks at a rally in Erie, Pennsylvania, a former Democrat stronghold that Trump won in the 2016 election. Trump's wife Melania Trump cancelled plans to accompany him to Pennsylvania at the last minute, citing ongoing discomfort following her bout with the virus. Photo: DC POOL / Saul LOEB