On Sunday, Senator Mitt Romney said that he trusted President Joe Biden regarding the infrastructure deal being put together by a bipartisan group of lawmakers including him.
Romney made his comments on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
GOP Sen. Mitt Romney says he believes there are enough Republican votes to support the negotiated, standalone, bipartisan infrastructure deal and that he takes Pres. Biden “at his word.”
— State of the Union (@CNNSotu) June 27, 2021
Sen. Romney: ‘I Do Trust The President’
Host Jake Tapper brought up a possible second deal from Democrats that could be part of the infrastructure deal Romney has agreed to, and he asked the Utah senator, “You just heard the president say he trusts you, based on the whiplash over the last few days.”
“Do you trust the president?” Tapper asked.
Romney replied, “I do trust the president.”
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“He made very clear in the much larger statement that came out over the weekend carefully crafted and thought through piece-by-piece that if the infrastructure bill reaches his desk and it comes alone, he will sign it,” Romney continued.
He went on, “At the same time, I recognize that he and his Democrat colleagues want more than that, want other legislation as well. We, Republicans, are saying absolutely no.”
"Mitt Romney's never broken his word to me," Pres. Biden says on bipartisan infrastructure negotiations.
— ABC News (@ABC) June 24, 2021
Romney: ‘I Believe We Will Have Enough To Get It Passed’
Romney doubled down on saying he will not go for new spending.
“At the same time, trillions of dollars of new spending is something we will not support,” Romney insisted.
“Fixing the infrastructure in our country and fixing our airports and roads and bridges and transit system and rail is something we will support,” the senator said. “We can get the job done.”
Tapper asked Romney, “How many Republicans in the Senate do you have committed to vote for this bipartisan infrastructure deal?”
Romney responded, “Well, I believe we will have enough to get it passed. I don’t know exactly where everybody is after the weekend.”
“I certainly can understand why not only myself but a lot of my colleagues were very concerned about what the president was saying on Friday,” Romney added. “But I think the waters have been calmed by what he said on Saturday.”
“I hope he appoints people who are seen as being credible,” Romney says on CNN about McCarthy and which Republicans he might appoint to Jan. 6 select committee, taking aim at suggestions like Marjorie Greene.
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) June 27, 2021
Romney Says Biden a ‘Man Of Honor’
Romney said he called the White House when discussing the deal.
“I called the White House, and the White House called around to each of us I think had been negotiating saying, look, we are going to make clear exactly what the president means and I do take the president at his word,” Romney said.
“I do I take him at his word and a man of honor?” Romney reiterated. “Absolutely.”
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