Trump after hearing Romney is in self-quarantine: ‘Gee, that’s too bad’
President Trump said Sunday it’s “too bad” that Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is in isolation due to exposure to a fellow Senate Republican who tested positive for the coronavirus.
“Romney’s in isolation?” Trump said during the daily White House briefing after being asked about the senators in isolation.
“Gee, that’s too bad,” the president added.
Asked if there was any sarcasm in his remarks, Trump said, “None whatsoever.”
Romney said Sunday he would self-quarantine after Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) announced he had tested positive for COVID-19.
Trump and Romney have clashed on numerous occasions.
Trump has criticized Romney repeatedly in recent months after the Utah senator was the only Senate Republican to break from his party and vote with Democrats to convict Trump on a charge of abuse of power following Trump’s Senate impeachment trial.
Paul is the first senator to announce he tested positive for COVID-19.
Trump told reporters it’s “been a long time” since he had in-person contact with Paul.
Romney and Sen. Mike Lee (R-Utah) said they would self-quarantine due to exposure to Paul.
Sens. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.) also self-quarantined after contact with individuals who tested positive.
Trump said he would support allowing members of Congress to vote remotely on a temporary basis.
“They’re telling me there’s a reason constitutionally, and there may be, but I would be totally in favor of it on a temporary basis,” Trump said.
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