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Romney Demands Trump Tell Congress How He Will Spend Relief Bill Funds

Mitt Romney demanding compliance is one way to ensure Trump will not comply.

According to The Hill:

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Friday released a letter with Sen. Jon Tester(D-Mont.) calling on President Trump to comply with the oversight requirements Congress attached to the $2.2 trillion coronavirus relief package signed into law last week.

“With trillions of taxpayer dollars being spent, it is critically important for the Administration to ensure full transparency and willingness for independent oversight,” Romney and Tester wrote in the April 3 letter to Trump.

The senators noted that the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act established three level of oversight for the hundreds of billions of dollars in federal aid: a special inspector general, a congressional oversight committee and a panel of inspectors general known as the Pandemic Response Accountability Committee (PRAC).

Romney and Tester called on the president to report his administration’s plans for spending the funds to Congress.

“As you work to implement COVID-19 legislation, we ask that you provide Congress a detailed plan on how the government plans to execute these funds and what accountability measures are being put in place to ensure our taxpayer dollars are being spent efficiently and effectively,” they wrote.

Trump Considering Cash Payments; Romney Goes Full Yang and Seeks $1K Per Month

Handing out cash has been done before, in one way or another, to battle a recession. But Romney’s plan is huge in scale.

I’d feel a little better about it if Congress wasn’t routinely running up $1 trillion deficits. Thanks for paying for this down the line, Gen-Yers.

According to the Daily Mail:

The administration is considering new proposals to put cash into people’s pockets amid the market sell-off, shuttered schools and new work-from-home guidelines amid looming layoffs linked to the coronavirus.

White House economic advisor Larry Kudlow told Monday said the administration ‘might’ get behind new proposals to give cash to American households.

He spoke after the financial markets began the day with another deep dive of 8 per cent, even after the Fed announced Sunday it was slashing a key interest rate.

‘We might’: Director of the National Economic Council Larry Kudlow said the Trump administration might get behind new proposals to give cash to American households.

Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney on Monday announced that he was for a plan to give American workers $1,000 each month during the outbreak. 

‘We also urgently need to build on this legislation with additional action to help families and small businesses meet their short-term financial obligations, ease the financial burden on students entering the workforce, and protect health workers on the front lines and their patients by improving telehealth services,’ the Utah senator said in a statement, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. 

‘I will be pushing these measures as Senate discussions continue about an additional relief package,’ he added.

Romney Will Vote to Convict President Trump

Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney Wednesday announced that he will vote to convict President Trump of abuse of power, though not obstruction of Congress.

Romney, likely to be the only Republican voting to convict, spoke on the floor of the Senate.

A day earlier, he spoke with The Atlantic about his reasoning:

Mitt Romney didn’t want to go through with it.

“This has been the most difficult decision I have ever had to make in my life,” he told me yesterday afternoon in his Senate office. Roughly 24 hours later, Romney would deliver a speech announcing that he was voting to convict President Donald Trump on the first article of impeachment—abuse of power. For weeks, the senator from Utah had sat silently in the impeachment trial alongside his 99 colleagues, reviewing the evidence at night and praying for guidance. The gravity of the moment weighed on him, as did the pressure from members of his own party to acquit their leader. As his conscience tugged at him, he said, the exercise took on a spiritual dimension.

Romney, a devout member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, described to me the power of taking an oath before God: “It’s something which I take very seriously.” Throughout the trial, he said, he was guided by his father’s favorite verse of Mormon scripture: Search diligently, pray always, and be believing, and all things shall work together for your good. “I have gone through a process of very thorough analysis and searching, and I have prayed through this process,” he told me. “But I don’t pretend that God told me what to do.”

In the end, the evidence was inescapable. “The president did in fact pressure a foreign government to corrupt our election process,” Romney said. “And really, corrupting an election process in a democratic republic is about as abusive and egregious an act against the Constitution—and one’s oath—that I can imagine. It’s what autocrats do.”

Well, this is Washington, and if Trump had made him Secretary of State, a position he sought after condemning Trump as the devil during the campaign, I gather he might have had a different view of convicting Trump.

Now Trump cannot completely claim that it was a partisan impeachment. Romney, of course, fully understands that.

Romney Losing Support in Utah for Challenging Trump Impeachment Trial Rules

Let’s see how far he can go messing with President Trump before he gets a primary challenge next time around.

From the Washington Examiner:

Utah Republican Sen. Mitt Romney lost support from Republicans and independents in his home state during the weeks after he called for witnesses in President Trump’s Senate impeachment trial, a new poll shows.

The Morning Consult found support for Romney, 72, going down after he called for former national security adviser John Bolton to testify at Trump’s impeachment trial, which began on Thursday.

The poll shows the senator’s approval rating among Utah Republicans, from September through December of 2019, dropping 18%. Additionally, 9% of independents shifted to disapproving of Romney over the quarter.

In the prior quarter, 65% of Utah Republicans supported Romney, and while a majority still do presently, that number sank to 57%.

The numbers are particularly striking for Utah, one of the most Republican states in the country.

Mitt Romney, Trump’s New John McCain

With John McCain gone, a hole opened up in the Senate, and Mitt Romney has filled it.

Without Romney, there might not have been anybody to relentlessly take the moral high ground against President Trump and lecture us about the morality of our national politics.

Of course, had Trump made Romney secretary of state, as Romney had hoped, the sermons might have stopped. But these sermons are not about hypocrisy, they’re about Trump!

From the Washington Examiner:

Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, is setting himself up as the Republican in the Senate who is most willing to criticize President Trump and block his agenda. 

With the death of McCain, the 2008 GOP nominee, last year Romney has assumed the Arizonan’s mantle in the Senate of self-styled “conscience” of the Republican party, buoying Democrats on occasion and building an alternative power center in the party – and perhaps even positioning himself for a 2024 presidential bid, though by then he would be 77. 

Last Tuesday, Romney was the only Senate Republican to vote against Trump judicial nominee Michael Truncale, citing Truncale’s disparaging comments about former President Barack Obama. Romney was one of four GOP senators in April poised to block the appointment of Trump pick Herman Cain to the Federal Reserve Board, until Cain dropped out. How To Tune-Up a 1969 International Scout: Part 1Watch Full Screen to Skip Ads

Since arriving in the Senate in January – after a campaign in which he had been supportive of the president – Romney has turned himself into one of Trump’s most outspoken Republican critics, penning a New Year’s Day op-ed attacking Trump’s character and arguing that the president had “not risen to the mantle of the office.” Following the release of special counsel Robert Mueller’s report in April, Romney said he was “sickened” by Trump’s actions. 

On Sunday, Romney was back at it, attacking the president’s character.”I think he could substantially improve his game when it comes to helping shape the character of the country,” Romney said on CNN. 

“I think young people, as well as people around the world, look at the president of the United States and say, ‘Does he exhibit the kind of qualities that we would want to emulate?’ And those are qualities of humility, of honesty, integrity, and those are things where I think there’s been some call, where the president has distanced himself from some of the best qualities of the human character.”

GOP Puts Romney on Senate Leadership Team

Leave it to McConnell.

I am sure Romney wants to at least become Senate Majority Leader, a post from which he can lead the globalist establishment.

According to the Washington Examiner:

Senate Republican leaders on Tuesday named newcomer and Trump critic Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, to the GOP whip team, weeks after the former GOP presidential nominee slammed Trump’s leadership style.

Majority Whip John Thune, R-S.D., released the names of GOP lawmakers to serve as deputy whips and Romney is among them, along with Sens. John Cornyn of Texas, Cory Gardner of Colorado, Tim Scott of South Carolina, Shelley Moore Capito, of West Virginia, Rob Portman of Ohio, James Lankford of Oklahoma, Martha McSally of Arizona, Thom Tillis of North Carolina, and Todd Young of Indiana.

Thune selected Romney despite some pushback from GOP senators unhappy he launched his Senate career with an attack on the president. 

Trump Lauds Mitt Romney’s Niece

President Trump Thursday tweeted out what a “great chairwoman” of the RNC Ronna McDaniel is. Ronna’s maiden name is Romney, and her dad is Mitt’s brother.

Now, why did Trump do that? Not because of the Republicans’ performance in the midterms, I assume.

Rather, it’s because soon after Mitt Romney’s Washington Post editorial blasting President Trump as unethical appeared Wednesday morning, McDaniel wasted no time backing her boss over her kin.

Romney is getting little credit from either Democrats or Republicans for his attempt to seize the holy high ground as the moral paragon of the GOP. Because everyone understood that he’s as much an opportunist as any politician, or more so.

Romney Derides Trump’s Character, Declares He Will Oppose His “Racist” Statements

Incoming Utah Sen. Mitt Romney signaled Monday that he plans to be as much of a pain in President Trump’s ass as possible, saying Trump lacks moral character and that he will speak out against his “racist” and “sexist” statements. I wonder. What kind of character does a man have who sharply opposes Trump on… Continue Reading