| 23 May 2024, Thursday |

Romney tells embattled Republican George Santos he ‘shouldn’t be in Congress’

U.S. Senator Mitt Romney said on Tuesday that Republican Representative George Santos, who is in hot water over his membership in Congress, shouldn’t have attended President Joe Biden’s State of the Union speech in the front row.

Before the speech, Santos, who has made numerous false statements about his history, was observed having a brief conversation with Romney, an elder leader of the party and previous Republican presidential contender.


“He shouldn’t be in Congress and they’re going to go through the process and hopefully get him out,” Romney told reporters after the speech. “But he shouldn’t be there and if he had any shame at all he wouldn’t be there.”

Romney said he had told Santos as much.

Santos, who represents a New York district, had taken a seat along the center aisle of the chamber, which the president, members of this Cabinet, Supreme Court justices and senators use to enter the hall.


Santos is facing ethics complaints from fellow members of Congress, but the House Ethics Committee has yet to organize for the next two years and thus cannot launch any potential investigation, an aide to Speaker Kevin McCarthy said earlier on Tuesday.

Santos has apologized for “embellishing” his resume but has rebuffed calls for his resignation from constituents and fellow New York state Republicans, saying he would vacate his seat only if he loses the next election, in 2024.

  • Reuters