Romney Attacks Trump Admin For Touting U.S. Virus Testing Capacity
Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney is not just a loser — he’s a sore loser.
The 2012 failed presidential candidate went after President Donald Trump again this week by attacking the administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic compared to the rest of the world.
During a Senate coronavirus response oversight hearing on Tuesday, Romney used his line of questioning for Adm. Brett Giroir to attack the president.
Romney accused Trump and members of the White House coronavirus task force of inappropriately claiming victory over expanding the country’s testing capacity.
“I understand that politicians are going to frame data in a way that’s most positive politically. Of course, they don’t expect that from admirals,” Romney began.
Giroir is a leading member of the task force with a specific focus on increasing the number of coronavirus tests available to the public.
The admiral said the federal government could perform at least 40 million to 50 million tests per month by September.
“Yesterday, you celebrated that we had done more tests and more tests per capita even than South Korea,” Romney said. “But you ignored the fact that they accomplished theirs at the beginning of the outbreak, while we treaded water during February and March, and as a result by March 6, the U.S. had completed just 2,000 tests, whereas South Korea had conducted more than 140,000 tests.”
On South Korea, which Trump administration officials often cite, Romney said the country had “256 deaths, and we have almost 80,000 deaths. I find our testing record nothing to celebrate whatsoever.”
Romney has been attacking and going after Trump for quite some time.
He angered many earlier this year when he was the only Republican to vote with Democrats on charging Trump with “abuse of power” in the Senate impeachment trial.
Romney also penned a letter with Democrat Senator John Tester, where the duo demanded even more oversight into the president.
The two men are calling for Trump to resist the urge in intervening with the coronavirus relief programs he signed into law and he already approved.
This is why so many in Romney’s home state of Utah are furious with him.
In early February, a Morning Consult Poll was released showing a massive 8-point drop in Romney’s approval ratings in Utah.
In the third quarter of last year, he had a comfortable 65 percent approval rating.
But in the last quarter, he dropped to 57 percent — which is around the same time he began siding with Democrats in the Senate impeachment trial.
Now, his approval rating is at 52 percent.