Apr 21, 2019

Trump fires back at Romney after his scathing Mueller report comments

President Trump hit back at Mitt Romney. Photo: Drew Angerer, Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images


President Trump attacked Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) Saturday for his 2012 presidential election loss after the senator he was "sickened" by Mueller report revelations on the commander in chief.

Details: A day after Romney's comments following the release of the redacted report, Trump uploaded an accompanying video contrasting his 2016 election victory over former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Romney's loss to President Obama to underscore his point.

The big picture: Following Attorney General William Barr releasing the report Thursday, Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) told Maine Public Radio "[I]t is an unflattering portrayal of the President." Sen. Rob Portman (R-Ohio) said "the report documents a number of actions taken by the president or his associates that were inappropriate." But no Republican was quite as critical as Romney.

The backdrop: It's not the first time Romney has criticized Trump. In January, he wrote an op-ed Tn the Washington Post criticizing Trump's character. When Trump was pursuing the presidency in 2016, Romney called him a "phony" and a "fake."

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  1. Global: Total confirmed cases as of 9:30 p.m. ET: 5,405,029 — Total deaths: 344,997 — Total recoveries — 2,168,408Map.
  2. U.S.: Total confirmed cases as of 9:30 p.m. ET: 1,642,021 — Total deaths: 97,698 — Total recoveries: 366,736 — Total tested: 14,163,195Map.
  3. World: White House announces travel restrictions on Brazil, coronavirus hotspot in Southern Hemisphere Over 100 coronavirus cases in Germany tied to single day of church services — Boris Johnson backs top aide amid reports that he broke U.K. lockdown while exhibiting symptoms.
  4. Public health: Officials are urging Americans to wear masks headed into Memorial Day weekend Report finds "little evidence" coronavirus under control in most statesHurricanes, wildfires, the flu could strain COVID-19 response
  5. Economy: White House economic adviser Kevin Hassett says it's possible the unemployment rate could still be in double digits by November's election — Public employees brace for layoffs.
  6. Federal government: Trump attacks a Columbia University study that suggests earlier lockdown could have saved 36,000 American lives.
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Republicans sue California over mail-out ballot plan

California Gov. Gavin Newsom during a February news conference in Sacramento, California. Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

President Trump accused Democrats of trying "Rig" November's general election as Republican groups filed a lawsuit against California Sunday in an attempt to stop Gov. Gavin Newsom (D) from mailing ballots to all registered voters.

Driving the news: Newsom signed an executive order this month in response to the coronavirus pandemic ensuring that all registered voters in the state receive a mail-in ballot.

Federal judge strikes down Florida law requiring felons to pay fines before voting

Gov. Ron DeSantis. Photo: oe Raedle/Getty Images

A federal judge on Sunday ruled that a Florida law requiring convicted felons to pay all court fines and fees before registering to vote is unconstitutional.

Why it matters: The ruling, which will likely be appealed by state Republicans, would clear the way for hundreds of thousands of ex-felons in Florida to register to vote ahead of November's election.