The CNN host then launched into what amounted a lengthy and fairly close approximation of a campaign endorsement for his brother.

“I hope you are able to appreciate what you did in your state and what it means for the rest of the country now and what it will always mean to those who love and care about you the most,” Cuomo said to the governor. “I’m wowed by what you did, and more importantly, I’m wowed by how you did it. This was very hard. I know it’s not over. But obviously I love you as a brother, obviously I’ll never be objective, obviously I think you’re the best politician in the country. But I hope you feel good about what you did for your people because I know they appreciate it. Nothing’s perfect, you’ll have your critics. But I’ve never seen anything like what you did and that’s why I’m so happy to have had you on the show. And I hope you know that.”

The governor then agreed with his brother’s rosy assessment of his coronavirus response, adding: “I’m comfortable with what I did. I think the facts bear it out. I think the numbers bear it out. I think we saved tens of thousands of lives..”

“I love you very much. I appreciate you being on. I’ll see you soon,” the CNN host said, wrapping up.