Trump demands Mitt Romney be a 'team player' after critical op-ed

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

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

"POTUS is attacked and obstructed by the [mainstream] media and Democrats 24/7", she said.

Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said he suspects the 2020 elections will prompt more Republican senators to confront Trump when they disagree with him, and that may already be happening, citing recent actions on Saudi Arabia.

"Like other Big Government Republicans who never liked Reagan, Mitt Romney wants to signal how virtuous he is in comparison to the President", Kentucky Sen.

Representatives for Romney could not be immediately reached for comment to Trump's tweet. "And it is in this province where the incumbent's shortfall has been most glaring". His defining act as an incoming senator is to criticize Pres. Trump. He said, "Sen. Rand Paul considers President Trump a friend, but beyond that, he is thrilled with his conservative policies, which have included historic tax cuts, massive regulation cuts, the appointment of constitutional jurists, and implementing an "America First" foreign policy by focusing on America and not every problem around the world".

"If he fought the way he fights me, I'm telling you, he would have won the election", Trump said.


In 2016, Romney, a former governor of MA, was a prominent "Never Trumper", calling his fellow Republican a "phoney, a fraud". It shocks me that Romney would even think this role might be on the table.

Democrats in Congress have steadfastly refused to consider funding Trump's proposed border wall, though they have offered support for funding more general border security measures. Trump had Romney come to Trump Tower for dinner, but then passed over him in favor of Rex Tilleson.

He explained to Fox News radio host Brian Kilmeade on Wednesday that Trump is accessible and will listen to criticism if it's meant to help the president succeed.

Paul dismissed a suggestion that Romney could run against Trump in a Republican primary. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., another retiring senator, left off. In a June 2016 interview with Newsmax, he said he was open to backing Trump but was uncertain about where Trump stood.

Brushing aside the fact that Trump often personally attacks and insults other politicians, Paul said Romney's criticism of the president's character was a "big mistake" and an attempt by the new senator to present himself as "holier than thou".


Although many Trump critics from within the Republican Party endorsed Romney's sentiments, some Republicans defended Trump. As Trump inched closer to the nomination in 2016, Romney delivered a well-publicized speech that argued that Trump was unfit for the presidency.

The Times quoted an email from Jevon Williams, the Republican National Committee member from the Virgin Islands, who called Romney's op-ed "calculated political treachery", and urged other committee members amend party rules to prevent challengers from being nominated at the party's 2020 convention.

"I don't think there's an appetite for a Romney run within the Republican party", he said.

In a Washington Post essay published late yesterday, Romney suggested the U.S. leader had "caused dismay around the world" and said his presidency had "made a deep descent in December".


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