Mitt Romney Rips Trump’s Character in New Op-ed

Jeff Flake speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington Dec. 6 2018. The Associated Press

"Imagine my surprise when I read the junior senator-elect from Utah's unprecedented rebuke of President Donald J. Trump in a column on the pages of The Washington Post that ran before he was even sworn into office", Williams said.

But in his essay on Tuesday, Romney sought to stake out a more independent position in his party and vowed to be a loud voice in Washington, which now includes a divided Congress as Democrats take control of the US House of Representatives following their November election gains.

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Trump responded to the op-ed on Wednesday morning, tweeting, "Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast!"

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Romney says he doesn't intend to comment on every Trump tweet, but he promises to "speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions".

Mitt Romney is ready to be the new Jeff Flake. But Romney's stature in the party and in his home state may give him wider latitude to act as a counterweight to Trump in the party. When Romney sought the presidency in 2012, Trump endorsed the former MA governor, calling him "tough" and "smart".

Paul said that although he had "choice words" about Trump during a presidential debate in 2015, he's since tried to avoid "personal characterization assassination".

Others refrained from snap judgement, saying that Romney's previous criticism of Donald Trump eventually fell flat.

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The same year though, the pair met for dinner amid reports Trump was mulling appointing Romney as his Secretary of State.

Karpowitz said Lee appears to moving toward the camp of Republicans who are willing to work with the president, though that's not to say Romney isn't willing to do that.

President Trump and his team accused Romney of lashing out now because he is bitter that his 2012 presidential bid failed where Trump's 2016 campaign succeeded. He twice accepted Trump's endorsement for public office - once in 2012 while running for president and a more tepid approval during his latest Senate contest.

Trump also said Romney should be a "team player", sentiments that were echoed in a social media posting from McDaniel shortly after. Trump also remarked that he personally had great popularity in Utah, and said Romney would have been elected president if he had fought Barrack Obama as hard as he fights the current administration. Yes, it is quite true that almost all Republican presidential candidates-and presidents-have promoted tax reform, lower regulation, getting tough with China, and appointing better judges (and add in moving the USA embassy to Jerusalem), if by "promoted" you mean giving lip service to the ideas. The two had dinner later in the month, and Romney called Trump "the very man who can lead us", Reuters reported.

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