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Days Ahead of His Swearing-In, Romney Pens Op-Ed Criticizing Trump

“The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December,” the Washington Post piece begins.

By NTK Staff | 01.02.2019 @10:30am
Days Ahead of His Swearing-In, Romney Pens Op-Ed Criticizing Trump

Mitt Romney, the former Massachusetts governor and senator-elect from Utah, penned an op-ed in the Washington Post on Tuesday that takes aim at some of the recent decisions made by President Trump and his administration.

Published on Jan. 1, just days before Romney will be sworn in as Utah’s next senator, the former Republican presidential candidate criticized what he called “a deep descent in December.”

The departures of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, the appointment of senior persons of lesser experience, the abandonment of allies who fight beside us, and the president’s thoughtless claim that America has long been a “sucker” in world affairs all defined his presidency down.

This is far from the first time that Romney has criticized Trump. In a speech during the 2016 presidential primary, Romney famously called Trump a “fraud.” But the two buried the hatchet, and Trump even considered Romney for the secretary of state role in his administration. Romney largely sidestepped Trump during his campaign for Senate in Utah last year.

The op-ed drew a response from Trump’s 2020 campaign manager Brad Parscale Wednesday evening:

Trump tweeted his response Wednesday morning, openly asking whether Romney would be like outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake (R-AZ), who frequently criticized Trump and begged his fellow Republicans to return to conservative ideals.

Romney’s decision to publish this op-ed just before taking office is notable. When he decided to run for Senate, many expected he might become a thorn in Trump’s side. But he also has the backing of a less-vocal but no less important wing of the Republican Party. Time will tell whether the two will be able to once again bury the hatchet and work together as the president suggested.

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