Donald Trump slams Mitt Romney as another 'Flake' after lawmaker's criticism

Donald Trump slams Mitt Romney as another 'Flake' after lawmaker's criticism

Donald Trump slams Mitt Romney as another 'Flake' after lawmaker's criticism

Picking a fight with the leader of his party the day before being sworn in, former GOP presidential candidate and incoming freshman Sen.

Their retirements left some wondering whether any other Republicans would be willing to publicly criticize the president. Sen.

When the US Congress reconvenes on Thursday, Mr Trump faces a new challenge on the domestic front - in November's mid-terms the Republicans strengthened their hold of the Senate but lost the House of Representatives.

Romney previously served as governor of MA, and won the Republican Party's presidential nomination in 2012, losing in the general election to former President Barack Obama.

Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee and former MA governor, wrote Tuesday that the president has "not risen to the mantle of the office," distancing himself from Trump just two days before he will be sworn into the Senate.

"Mitt is tough, he's smart, he's sharp, he's not going to allow bad things to continue to happen to this country that we all love", Trump said at the time.

Last February, Trump endorsed Romney's run for a Senate seat in Utah.

As Trump inched closer to the nomination in 2016, Romney delivered a well-publicized speech that argued that Trump was unfit for the presidency.

"You interviewed for a job with him to be potentially Secretary of State".

During his Senate campaign, Romney insisted that he would agree with Trump on some issues and not be shy about disagreeing with him on others.

But Romney also ruled out a 2020 bid.

Romney said last month - when Trump abruptly announced he was pulling USA troops out of Syria, and Mattis resigned in protest - was particularly disturbing.

Pretty good chance that's not the only tweet from a member of the Trump 2020 campaign that will be sent about this op-ed.

Graham also said that those applauding Romney's opposition to Mr. Trump would turn on him as soon as he began casting conservative votes.

Paul brushed aside concern that Trump often lobs personal insults, saying it was up to Trump to police himself. "Germany pays 1 percent, they should be paying 4 percent", Trump said, referring to German defense spending.

Paul countered that such jabs at character are hard to critique - because character is "not fixable". He said the president has gone into a "deep descent" in the past month. "I think the reaction has been stronger against his comments than maybe he predicted".

The Republican National Committee Chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel, Mitt Romney's niece, equally slammed her own uncle for committing what was tantamount to political betrayal.

Trump has come under fire in the United States for frequently lambasting European countries, which for decades have been seen as traditional allies of the US.

Romney remains a quintessential establishment Republican insider in the mold of former Arizona Senator Flake, former Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, and former Ohio Governor John Kasich. John McCain, R-Arizona, died past year.

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