Published: Thu, January 03, 2019
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

RNC Chair Slams Uncle Mitt Romney for Trump Attacks

RNC Chair Slams Uncle Mitt Romney for Trump Attacks

Trump reacted Wednesday to Romney's op-ed in a tweet, writing the Utah Republican should "b$3 e a TEAM player & WIN!"

Romney's niece, Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, took her uncle to task for the opinion piece.

"Well, you know, after he was elected president, it was very much my hope that he would rise to the occasion, rise to the mantle of the office".

With a government shutdown and a new party taking over the House of Representatives, it would be almost impossible for any newly elected official to get attention in Washington D.C. - unless they're Mitt Romney.

The US president admitted that he was aware of the studies proving his low popularity among Europeans and said he did not care about it. 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.

Sens. Jeff Flake of Arizona and Bob Corker of Tennessee engaged in a war of words with the president on myriad issues over the past 18 months, generating headlines and fiery tweets from a president who generally insists on getting the last word.

In the 13-paragraph editorial, Romney unleashed his brutally honest criticisms of President Trump, saying his "character falls short" of that needed to successfully shape the nation. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., noted that nearly half the Senate Republicans are up for re-election in 2020 and some may feel the need to push back against Trump. "I think he'd like to be president now".

Romney said he will treat Trump as he would any president, either in or outside his party.

Now though, Romney seems to have reverted to his 2016 position on Trump. "Germany pays 1 percent, they should be paying 4 percent", Trump said, referring to German defense spending.

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Instead the state is run by a coalition of left-wing parties which have said they will enforce the court ruling. He said he would only do so if first-time devotees decide not to visit him - which has never happened.

Despite Romney's prior criticism, after Trump won the presidency in November 2016, Trump briefly considered tapping Romney as secretary of state.

When a questioner confronted him with Trump's tendency to insult and name-call, Paul said that while he doesn't want to say "I give the president a pass" on such behavior, he thinks it is "more important to look at what we have in common, policy-wise, legislation-wise, what we can get accomplished" and that it doesn't "serve any objective other than gratifying oneself to criticize the president's character".

Romney's rebuke of Trump also drew a cutting reply from Brad Parscale, Trump's campaign manager. "And it is in this province where the incumbent's shortfall has been most glaring", the incoming Junior Senator of Utah wrote.

Trump said during a Cabinet meeting Wednesday that he was surprised by Romney's comments. In one speech, he said there was plenty of evidence that Trump was "a con man, a fake". He also referenced Romney's 2012 election loss to President Barack Obama.

"I look at it slightly differently", Paul said.

Romney wrote in the op-ed that a "president should unite us and inspire us to follow "our better angels" and that a president should "demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity".

Romney ruled out another run himself: "You may have heard, I ran before", he said.

Here's the bottom line: Mitt Romney has never sat behind the resolute desk in the Oval Office and he never will, but he needs to get over it and start representing the people of Utah by solving problems alongside President Trump.

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