Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney has been attacking and going after President Donald Trump for quite some time.
But he crossed a serious line earlier this month when was the only Republican to vote with Democrats on charging Trump with “abuse of power” in the Senate impeachment trial.
Now, just weeks later, the anti-Trump lawmaker is joining top Democrats in attacking Trump for supposedly not being prepared for the Coronavirus.
According to The Hill, Romney confronted Trump administration officials on Capitol Hill on Tuesday after Trump told reporters that the situation was “under control” and is a “problem that’s going to go away.”
Romney, who is a member of the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, claimed the Trump administration is not doing enough to address and prepare for the infectious virus spreading across the country.
“I’m very disappointed in the degree to which we’ve prepared for a pandemic, both in terms of protective equipment and in terms of medical devices that would help people once they are infected,” Romney said.
“At this stage, I think we are substantially underinvesting in what would be appropriate for a setting that could be serious,” he continued.
While he said that he hopes the coronavirus doesn’t get worse, let said that “we don’t know what the future holds.”
“I think we should be pulling out all the stops,” Romney said.
Sen. Romney expressing concern about admin handling of coronavirus:
"Well I'm disappointed that there's not been stockpiling in prior years of protective equipment…"
"…It would make sense to have a single person who is in charge of our national response…" pic.twitter.com/QKLanrdm4K
— Alan He (@alanhe) February 25, 2020
Romney’s comments are in line with what Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, who said Democrats are assessing what amount of funding is needed” because of a lack of information from President Donald Trump’s administration.”
Senate Democrats are preparing to request $8.5 billion to combat the coronavirus, which is nearly three times the amount the White House originally proposed.
The administration is also arguing that it’s hard to determine what might be needed to address what could happen with the coronavirus in the U.S.
It’s an issue, they argue, of trying to financially determine how much will be needed to adequately address and prevent a potential outbreak.
It’s unclear if Congress will pass this proposal from Democrats or what happens next on funding to address the coronavirus.
Beyond that, this is another example of Romney taking a dire situation and making it all about going after Trump.
The president is scheduled to deliver comments this week on the Coronavirus, what his administration has done so far, and what it plans to do going forward.
Romney could have simply encouraged the Trump administration to do more to ensure the country is safe.
But instead, he used the opportunity to call out the president and attack him.
This is why so many in Romney’s home state of Utah are furious with him.