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Romney is only GOP senator not on new White House coronavirus task force

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Biden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear Romney: Founders didn't intend pardons to be used for 'cronies' MORE (Utah) is the only Republican senator not on a congressional task force created by the White House to study reopening parts of the country shuttered by the coronavirus.

A list released by the White House on Thursday afternoon of the "Opening Up America Again Congressional Group" included nearly 70 senators, including all 52 of Romney's GOP colleagues in the chamber.

A spokeswoman for Romney and a source familiar confirmed that the GOP senator was not asked to take part in the task force.

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Trump has viewed the Utah senator, and 2012 GOP presidential nominee, as a Republican antagonist since he joined the Senate in 2019.

Romney was the only GOP senator to vote for one of the articles — abuse of power — during the Senate impeachment trial earlier this year.

But the bad blood goes back years. Romney was critical of Trump during the 2016 Republican presidential primary, and Trump lashed out at Romney in February 2016 as "one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics."

The two appeared to reconcile with Trump considering Romney for a Cabinet post and endorsing his Senate bid in 2018.

But Romney has publicly broken with Trump at times since joining the Senate, including appearing critical of Trump's rhetoric regarding the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader Trump is gone, a political pariah — but with influence MORE (R-Ariz.) and saying he was "sickened" by Trump's behavior as described in former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's report.

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Romney's comments have made him one of the GOP senators most willing to break with Trump, after the death of McCain and retirement of former Sens. Jeff FlakeJeffrey (Jeff) Lane FlakeBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Biden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear Schumer becomes new Senate majority leader MORE (R-Ariz.) and Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerGOP lawmaker patience runs thin with Trump tactics Former GOP senator: Republicans cannot let Trump's 'reckless' post-election claims stand Cornyn: Relationships with Trump like 'women who get married and think they're going to change their spouse' MORE (R-Tenn.).

Trump has publicly lashed out at Romney, calling for him to be kicked out of the Senate GOP caucus and accusing him of being a "secret Democrat asset."

Romney wasn't the only senator not included on the new White House task force. More than two dozen Democrats were not included, such as Sens. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Top Senate Democrat backs waiver for Biden Pentagon nominee Consumer bureau director resigns after Biden's inauguration MORE (D-Mass.), and Bernie SandersBernie SandersBudowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Sanders's inauguration look promptly gets a bobblehead Booker brings girlfriend, actress Rosario Dawson, to inauguration MORE (I-Vt.), who both ran for the Democratic Party's 2020 presidential nomination. Red-state Democrats Joe ManchinJoseph (Joe) ManchinDemocrats torn on impeachment trial timing Biden faces tall order in uniting polarized nation McConnell, Schumer fail to cut power-sharing deal amid filibuster snag MORE (W.Va.) and Doug Jones (Ala.) also were not included.

Updated at 5:10 p.m.