The Margin: President Trump says he’s ‘so happy I can barely speak’ after Mitt Romney tests negative for coronavirus

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Utah Senator Mitt Romney announced last Sunday that he would self-quarantine after fellow Senator Rand Paul announced he had tested positive for COVID-19

President Trump’s response: “Gee, that’s too bad.”

To everybody but Trump’s most staunch apologists, it was a thinly-veiled jab at Romney, the only Republican senator to vote to convict Trump during his impeachment trial earlier this year.

Lest there be any doubt about the sincerity of Trump’s initial response, here’s the presidential tweet on Wednesday morning following word that Romney tested negative:

Romney, despite not having been infected by the coronavirus, said Tuesday that he would remain in isolation for the remainder of the two-week period.

Of note, Romney’s wife suffers from multiple sclerosis, which qualifies as one of those underlying conditions that could make her more vulnerable to the coronavirus.

Meanwhile, there are now 425,493 cases of COVID-19 and at least 18,963 people have died worldwide, according to data from Johns Hopkins University. In the U.S., where newly detected cases have soared past Iran, Germany, and Spain, there are now 55,225 cases and 802 deaths.

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