Romney tells Santos ‘you don’t belong here’ in a tense State of the Union run-in

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Republican Sen. Mitt Romney of Utah chided fellow GOP lawmaker Rep. George Santos Tuesday night as the two crossed paths in the House chamber while attending the State of the Union address.

In a video of the exchange, Romney appears to tell Santos “you don’t belong here” and that he ought to be embarrassed. Romney later confirmed to reporters that he told the New York congressman he didn’t belong.

“I didn’t expect that he’d be standing there trying to shake hands with every senator and the president of the United States,” Romney said.

“Given the fact that he’s under ethics investigation, he should be sitting in the back row and staying quiet instead of parading in front of the president and people coming into the room,” he added.

Even before taking office last month, Santos was under fire for a pattern of telling lies about his past, many of which Santos himself admitted weren’t true.

Questions about the freshman lawmaker’s biography and his campaign finances have spurred investigations at the federal, state and local levels.