House Speaker Kevin McCarthy weighed in on the terse exchange that occurred between Republican Utah Sen. Mitt Romney and Republican New York Rep. George Santos before the State of the Union on Tuesday.
The two GOP Congressmen had a battle of words prior to President Joe Biden’s speech, with Romney reportedly expressing to Santos that he should not be in Congress given the slew of investigations surrounding him. He reportedly further urged that he hoped the representative would be removed.
When confronted by CNN’s Manu Raju about Romney’s “disappointment” that Santos had not resigned, McCarthy reportedly told Raju, “Romney should be disappointed that Swalwell hasn’t resigned.”
McCarthy’s dig at California Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell isn’t the first time he stacked the latter against Santos. Speaking to reporters in January, McCarthy slammed the media for giving Swalwell a pass for his alleged former connection with Chinese spy Christine Fang.
As The New York Post previously reported:
Sen. Mitt Romney told disgraced Rep. George Santos he didn’t “belong” in the House chamber in a tense exchange ahead of Tuesday’s State of Union address.
Romney scolded the freshman lawmaker for taking a prime and highly-visible, center-aisle seat in the chamber as members of Congress piled in for President Biden’s speech.
“You don’t belong here,” the Utah Republican said to Santos, who had admitted to lying about parts of his past and is facing several investigations into his campaign finances.
The pair apparently exchanged words, though Romney later said he didn’t hear it all.
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