“He shouldn’t be there,” Romney later told reporters. “And if he was ashamed, he wouldn’t be there.”

WASHINGTON. Sen. Mitt Romney told Rep. George Santos of New York that he doesn’t have a seat in Congress during a tense conversation before State of the Union Address Tuesday.

The brief interaction was captured by C-SPAN cameras, and Romney later confirmed to reporters that he told Santos, “You don’t belong here.”

“I didn’t expect him to stand there and try to shake the hand of every senator and president of the United States,” Romney told reporters of Santos in an interview after Biden’s speech. “Given the fact that he’s under an ethics investigation, he should sit in the back row and be quiet, not cheering in front of the president and people walking into the room.”

Santos, 34, lied about nearly every aspect of his background, including his college education, ethnic heritage and work experience.

“Look, he says he embellished his record,” Romney continued. “Decorated is saying you got an A when you got an A minus. A lie means you graduated from a college you didn’t even go to. It shouldn’t be in Congress, they’re going to go through that process and hopefully get But he shouldn’t be there, and if he was ashamed, he wouldn’t be there.”

Romney said Santos may have responded to him but “didn’t hear it.”

After the exchange, Santos took to social media to announce his return.

“Hey @MittRomney, just a reminder that you will NEVER be PRESIDENT!” Santos tweeted Tuesday night.

Santos resigned from his committee duties amid a series of ethics issues. He faced many calls for his resignation and faces multiple prosecutorial investigations his personal and company finances and lies about personal life.


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