Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie sharply criticized President Donald Trump’s comments about the upstate economy and encouraging people to leave their homes for other job opportunities as “beyond reprehensible.”

Heastie, a Bronx Democrat, is undertaking another summertime tour of the various upstate regions. He’s already held events in central New York, the Rochester area and in the North Country.

“Instead of working to unite this country, he has chosen a dangerous path that will only divide us,” Heastie said. “During my travels across upstate New York this summer and when I first became Speaker, I have found that our regions have much more in common than they are different. We all want good paying jobs, stable housing, great schools, and opportunities to grow and succeed.”

Trump, the first New Yorker to be elected president since Franklin Roosevelt, made his comments to The Wall Street Journal as a major technology manufacturer was planning to move jobs to Wisconsin.

“The President of the United States should be working to put in place policies that will allow every corner of this great country to grow and prosper,” Heastie said. “Instead, he has chosen to lead us down a destructive path that pits Americans against one another in a zero sum game that is corrosive to our democracy. In my travels, I have met so many good people who want to work to improve their communities and realize the American dream. That is my commitment to people across New York. President Trump’s uninformed comments are not what we need in order to help our citizens.”