President Donald Trump had quite the response on Sunday when learning that Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney — whom he has butted heads with for awhile — had self-isolated amid fears of the coronavirus.
During a coronavirus task force press conference from the White House, a reporter asked the president about the four Senators who are in isolation.
After the several reporters helped one another list the four lawmakers who have self-quarantined, Trump said: “Romney is in isolation? Gee, That’s too bad. Go ahead.”
“Do I detect sarcasm there, sir?” the reporter asked.
Trump: “No, none whatsoever.”
Trump: "Romney is in isolation? Gee, That’s too bad. Go ahead."
Reporter: "Do I detect sarcasm there, sir?"
Trump: "No, none whatsoever."
— Scott Morefield (@SKMorefield) March 22, 2020
Beyond that, the president and his team have done a spectacular job handling the virus and it’s spread in America.
On Friday during an interview with MSNBC, Dr. Anthony Fauci praised President Donald Trump for stopping travel from China early on. Fauci explained that this decision was “one of the things we did right.”
Fauci noted that this early decision had a huge impact on containing the virus.
“One of the things we did right was very early cut off travel from China to the United States. Because outside of China, where it originated, the countries in the world that have it are through travel, either directly from China or indirectly from someone who went someplace and then came to that particular country.” Fauci said.
“Our shutting off travel from China and, more recently, travel from Europe, has gone a long way to not seeding very, very intensively the virus in our country. Unfortunately, Italy did not do that. They had an open border, they let people in. And until they really knew they were in trouble, then the cat was out, the horse was out of the barn and that was it.”
Romney infuriated many last month after he was the only Republican to vote with Democrats on charging Trump with “abuse of power” in the Senate impeachment trial.
Last week, the anti-Trump lawmaker didn’t do himself any favors after he joined several Democrats and went after the president for supposedly not being prepared for the Coronavirus.
Romney changed his tune and voted to support a Trump-backed bill that will provide substantial resources to combat the virus — but his disdain for the president remains.
In recent weeks, Trump and his team provided several updates on their progress and some of the measures they are working on with Congress.
The U.S. Senate overwhelmingly passed legislation last Wednesday providing billions of dollars to limit the damage from the coronavirus pandemic through free testing, paid sick leave, and expanded safety-net spending.
Romney voted in favor of the Trump-backed bill.
Congress and the White House are discussing additional stimulus measures that could cost more than $1 trillion.
Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin announced that the administration is working to get checks to Americans in two weeks to help workers cope with the economic effects of the crisis.
Trump has decided to suspend all travel from the European Union as well as the U.K. and Ireland.
The president also declared a national emergency.