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    On Friday the US President appeared to mock Republican Senator Mitt Romney who had revealed he was taking advice on self-isolation after coming into contact on Friday with senator Rand Paul, who announced on Sunday that he had tested positive for the COVID-19 virus.

    US President Donald Trump on Wednesday hit Twitter to claim he was “so happy” that Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT) had tested negative for the coronavirus.
    “This is really great news!” tweeted Trump in the wake of a report by Breitbart that the Republican senator had tested negative for the COVID-19 novel respiratory disease.

    ​Nevertheless, the President didn’t pass up an opportunity to take a swing at the senator, as he added:

    "I am so happy I can barely speak. He may have been a terrible presidential candidate and an even worse US Senator, but he is a RINO, and I like him a lot!”

    Netizens weighed in on Trump’s tweet, with some congratulating the senator on receiving such heartening news, as they called Trump out for “inept governing” over the pandemic.

    ​Some netizens deplored the sarcasm they perceived in his comments.

    ​Supporters of Donald Trump rejected accusations of “fake media” and applauded his “handling of the coronavirus epidemic”.

    ​Earlier this week, the US President had sarcastically responded to news that Senator Romney was under self-quarantine after being exposed to the disease by quipping: “Gee, that’s too bad,” when told at a White House briefing that the politician was one of several self-isolating.

    After a reporter then asked Trump: “Do I detect sarcasm there?”, the President responded:

    “No, no, none whatsoever.”

    The Utah senator and former presidential nominee was the sole Republican senator to vote for Donald Trump’s conviction on alleged abuse of power, one of the two charges during the President’s impeachment trial earlier in the year.

     

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