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George Santos says Kyrsten Sinema told him to ‘hang in there.’ Her office says that’s a ‘lie.’



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WASHINGTON — Rep. George Santos, R-N.Y., mentioned in an interview on Thursday that Sen. Kyrsten Sinema, I-Ariz., consoled him after his tense change this week with Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, however Sinema’s workplace says she by no means spoke to Santos.

Santos advised Newsmax Thursday night that after Romney lashed out at him forward of Tuesday’s State of the Union address, Sinema advised the congressman to “dangle in there, buddy” as she was strolling by. He added that she “was very well mannered, very kindhearted,” not like Romney, who he claims has “all the time had prejudice in the direction of minorities.”

“She’s individual, not like Mr. Romney, who thinks he’s above all of it. And his complete mighty white horse making an attempt to speak to us down on morality,” Santos mentioned.

However that by no means occurred, Sinema’s spokesperson Hannah Hurley, advised NBC Information, calling Santos’ remark “a lie.” The 2 lawmakers by no means spoke, Hurley mentioned, and Sinema was not conscious of the change between Santos and Romney till the GOP senator stuffed her in afterward.

Santos’ workplace didn’t instantly return a request for touch upon Friday.

Throughout the identical interview with Newsmax, Santos claimed he by no means lied about his work expertise. “I wish to set the document clear about my work expertise. I by no means lied.” Santos mentioned. “To say that I deceived and there was a marketing campaign of deceit and deception, is simply not truthful. That’s simply the political spin that the Nassau County GOP needs to create on this narrative.”

Santos, nonetheless, had beforehand admitted to mendacity about quite a few components of his background. He’s the topic of federal, state, local and international investigations.

When requested by the Newsmax host whether or not he ever survived a mind tumor, Santos mentioned, “I had my very own private medical points up to now and I don’t really feel I would like to enter particulars. However sure, I did have an acute tumor of…” The congressman had beforehand claimed in 2020 that he had battled a mind tumor a few years earlier.

Forward of President Joe Biden’s State of the Union tackle on Tuesday, Romney approached Santos whereas the congressman stood within the aisle of the Home chamber and so they had what seemed to be a tense change. Afterward, Romney mentioned, “He’s a sick pet. He shouldn’t have been there,” he mentioned of Santos standing within the aisle.

“Given the truth that he’s beneath ethics investigation, he needs to be sitting within the again row and being quiet as a substitute of parading in entrance of the president,” he added.

Home Speaker Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., mentioned final month that Santos can be faraway from workplace if the Ethics Committee discovered he broke the legislation after he admitted having fabricated components of his background. He advised reporters on Tuesday that whereas there have been complaints about Santos, the Ethics Committee has not formally opened an investigation.

Santos said last month he would briefly recuse himself from his committee assignments amid the investigations into his funds and different points.