Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, said on Sunday that he trusts President Joe Biden would keep his word about the $1 trillion infrastructure agreement after the White House suggested on Thursday that Biden wouldn’t sign the deal unless a larger separate Democrat-supported bill was also included.

On Saturday, Biden clarified his stance by fully endorsing the bill. 

“My comments created the impression that I was issuing a veto threat on the very plan I had just agreed to, which was certainly not my intent. I intend to pursue the passage of that plan, which Democrats and Republicans agreed to on Thursday, with vigor,” Biden said. 

“It would be good for the economy, good for our country, good for our people. I fully stand behind it without reservation or hesitation.”

Appearing on the CNN program "State of the Union," Romney revealed he believes Biden will follow through with the deal that has been discussed rather than attempting to include legislation that has been opposed by Republicans.

“I do take the president at his word. And over the weeks and weeks of negotiations with Democrats and with the White House on an infrastructure bill, the president’s other agenda was never linked to the infrastructure effort,” Romney told host Jake Tapper.

Romney said Biden could have ruined the infrastructure deal if he hadn’t released the statement clearing up his comment.

“Had it not been clarified and had he not made it clear that these are two different measures – that the infrastructure bill stands on its own, and that his other agenda items, those things stand their own as well – had he not made that clear, why, I think it would have been very, very hard for Republicans to say yeah we support this,” he said.

Romney, who has been criticized by former President Trump, also reaffirmed his stance that the 2020 election was not rigged in favor of Biden. 

“It’s pretty clear. The election was fair. It wasn’t the outcome that [Trump] wanted, but let’s move on,” Romney said.

Romney went on to suggest that Trump’s “big lie” is a threat to democracy.

“If the autocratic nations can point to the United States, which is the birthplace really of this modern democracy, and can say, ‘Look, they can’t even run an election there that’s not fraudulent … that obviously is having an impact on on the cause of democracy and freedom around the world," Romney said.

Senator Mitt Romney is among Republican lawmakers proposing a scaled-down alternative to President Joe Biden's Covid rescue plan Senator Mitt Romney is among Republican lawmakers proposing a scaled-down alternative to President Joe Biden's Covid rescue plan Photo: POOL / Alex Edelman