Trump hits back at Romney attack

Trump hits back at Romney attack

Republican Party chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, lashed out at her uncle Mitt on Twitter after The Washington Post published his op-ed, which claimed Trump's actions are 'evidence that the President has not risen to the mantle of the office'.

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.

Trump questioned whether Romney will be "a Flake", referring to outgoing Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake, who was a frequent critic of Trump.

"I wish Mitt could be more of a team player", Trump said.

"I was happy that he won in Utah", Trump said. And we'll see whether someone else does in a Republican primary or not, but time will tell, ' Romney said.

The White House did not respond to a request for comment, but Mr Trump fired back in a tweet on Wednesday taking aim at Mr Romney's failed 2012 White House bid.

Romney argued in the Washington Post on Tuesday that Trump hasn't risen to the mantle of the presidency.

As for Trump, Romney said he does not "intend to comment on every tweet or fault".

For a man who has spent most of his adult life seeking higher office, Romney is a strangely inaccessible character.

Romney called presidential candidate Trump a fraud and a phony in 2016.

"As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit".

Paul lamented that Romney's "harsh critique" went after Trump personally instead of focusing on policy.

Romney penned the op-ed just days before he is set to be sworn into the Senate.

"It is not that all of the president's policies have been misguided", he added, noting much of Trump's domestic policies and parts of his foreign policies are ones "mainstream Republicans have promoted for years".

For all his big words, Romney also says that he looks forward to "working on these priorities with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other senators".

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

He realises he can't feign chumminess with the president - it's hard to imagine more different people - and he's smart enough to realise a successful Trump presidency dooms Romney's further advancement.

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. Shortly after he decided not to run for his seat, rumors started to swirl that he may be considering a run against Trump in 2020.

The Post reported past year that Trump himself had "lightheartedly" requested she make the change before she got the RNC job.

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