In the midst of a government shutdown over securing our border, Romney chose to side with Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi by attacking President Donald Trump in an op-ed in The Washington Post instead of offering his opinion about how to solve our illegal immigration crisis and end the shutdown.
Romney has been a vocal critic of the President during Trump's campaign and first two years in office, although the two had appeared to mend fences after Trump was elected.
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Utah's soon-to-be senior senator, though, had no comment Wednesday on Romney's take on Trump.
Romney doesn't take the oath of office until Thursday, but he dominated much of the conversation online and on cable news.
"There is not an incentive structure for senators who disagree with or oppose the president to speak out right now, but that could change if the (Robert) Mueller investigation continues to move in the direction it has been or the economy churns negative", Cooper said.
"For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack" Trump @realdonaldtrump as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive", McDaniel tweeted. "So sad, I wish everyone had the courage" Trump had. Question will be, is he a Flake? Tapper followed up, in reference to Trump's endorsement of him for the senate. Jeff Flake, a Republican who has criticized the President often in the last few years. Rand Paul of Kentucky noted that the 2020 election hopes of many Republicans in the Senate and House will be tied to Trump.
Rory Cooper, a GOP strategist who helped lead the "Never Trump PAC" during the 2016 Republican primary, said publicly criticizing the president makes Republican votes back home unhappy and earns the ire of the president.More news: Galaxy A50 To Feature Large 4,000mAh Battery, 24MP Selfie Camera: Leak
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"If he fought the way he fights me, I'm telling you, he would have won the election", Trump said.
McDaniel has been supportive of Trump since the 2016 election and, as the former chairwoman of the Michigan Republican Party, helped Trump win the key state - the first time a GOP presidential candidate had won Michigan in almost 30 years.
Paul, who last month sided with Trump when the president suddenly announced he would withdraw American troops from Syria, said he has a good relationship with Trump "because I treat the president with dignity, I treat the president with respect".
But this is where Trump, and therefore America, is falling down, Romney claims. "It's not so much me influencing him as that I tend to agree with his policies". "And they want to see leaders who can unite us and push through those things".
Bennett, a Fox News contributor, said that Romney's criticisms of Trump were shameful.
"Jealously is a drink best served warm and Romney just proved it", Parscale wrote.
In 2016, Romney, a former governor of MA, was a prominent "Never Trumper", calling his fellow Republican a "phoney, a fraud".