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Cuomo says he and Trump still working toward deal on Global Entry freeze

The two rivals met at the White House on Thursday but have yet to reach a compromise.

President Donald Trump and Gov. Andrew Cuomo plan to continue discussions next week after meeting in the White House on Thursday to discuss the administration's move to block New Yorkers from programs that allow travelers to avoid long security lines.

"Wrapped up my meeting with the President. I restated my initial solution: NY is willing to provide DMV records for NYers applying to TTP. He’s open to working with us on this and we’ll continue the conversation in the coming week," Cuomo tweeted Thursday night.

The acting Homeland Security secretary, Chad Wolf, had a similar response to the meeting, dubbing the encounter "productive."

“Today, I joined President Trump and Governor Cuomo for a productive meeting,“ Wolf said in a statement. “The relationship between New York State and the Federal government is very important but has been made difficult by the unilateral actions of New York State regarding the sharing of critical security information with DHS. New York is the only State that restricts CBP access to their data across the board — for law enforcement, customs, trade and travel facilitation purposes. Despite that, we will continue discussions with the State of New York to find a mutually agreeable solution.“

Cuomo on Thursday applied public pressure on Trump hours ahead of their meeting, calling the administration‘s actions “gratuitous and retaliatory,“ and said he was prepared to offer compromises in his sit-down with the president.

Cuomo said that if Trump reversed the move to block New York residents from Global Entry and other programs, he would offer federal immigration agencies access to some driving records from the state Department of Motor Vehicles database.

“I’m cooperating. Will you now stop doing what you’re doing, which is gratuitous and retaliatory?” Cuomo said on CNN’s “New Day.” “I believe they’re going to say no because there’s a memo leaked from the Department of Homeland Security, which they agree is a memo from the agency, which says, 'We need to punish these states.' This is what happens when an administration believes they are above the law.”

Trump weighed in hours before their meeting, posting on Twitter that Cuomo “must understand that National Security far exceeds politics.“

“New York must stop all of its unnecessary lawsuits & harrassment [sic], start cleaning itself up, and lowering taxes. Build relationships, but don't bring Fredo!“ the president posted on Twitter, referring to the governor‘s brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, as “Fredo.“ The nickname, a reference to the 1972 film “The Godfather,“ has been a favorite of the president's since last fall, when Chris Cuomo erupted after a heckler called him "Fredo." The CNN anchor has called the nickname "an Italian aspersion."

New York is among more than a dozen states with laws that allow undocumented immigrants to get driver’s licenses, laws that Cuomo said are “in the state interest to keep our people safe.”

But last week, Ken Cuccinelli, acting deputy secretary of Homeland Security, said New Yorkers would no longer be allowed to enroll or reenroll in the traveler programs. Cuccinelli said the state’s laws endanger public safety by making it more difficult for immigration and border agents to easily confirm someone’s identification and criminal record.

The state of New York responded to the Global Entry freeze with a lawsuit, claiming the administration intended to punish the state for the immigration-related law.

During his TV appearance on Thursday, Cuomo didn't strike a purely conciliatory tone toward Trump, with whom he has long feuded.

“I want to make sure the president knows that his Department of Homeland Security is extorting other governments,” Cuomo said. “They said they’re going to punish governments that don’t get in line with their dictate. They’re hurting hundreds of thousands of people who get kicked out of this trusted traveler program, which, actually, makes security worse because (the program) prescreened people so at the border you didn’t have to waste a lot of time going through their background. Why would you jeopardize homeland security, hurt people gratuitously just to play politics?”

Bill Mahoney contributed to this article.