Rand Paul rips Mitt Romney Trump critique as ‘sour grapes’

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

GOP Sen. -elect Mitt Romney said he wrote a blistering criticism of President Trump in an opinion piece because of the commander-in-chief's decision to pull USA troops out of Syria.

In his opinion piece published Tuesday night, Romney said that "on balance" Trump's conduct since taking office "particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office" - even if he agreed with the administration's practices relating to corporate taxes, regulations, China, criminal justice reform, and the judiciary.

President Trump and his team accused Romney of lashing out now because he is bitter that his 2012 presidential bid failed where Trump's 2016 campaign succeeded.

Senator-elect Mitt Romney said Wednesday that he isn't yet ready to endorse President Donald Trump for re-election next year. "That project begins, of course, with the highest office once again acting to inspire and unite us". He later said he would not have taken Trump's endorsement for president had he made the public comments Romney has since rebuked.

America has always been looked to for leadership.

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When US Congress reconvenes on Thursday, Mr Trump faces a new challenge on the domestic front - in November's mid-terms the Republicans strengthened their hold of the Senate but lost the House of Representatives.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 3: Mitt Romney gives a speech on the state of the Republican party at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on the campus of the University of Utah on March 3, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. But past year he thanked Trump for his endorsement as Romney ran for a senate seat from Utah. He - like these retirees - just can't stand the president's style, which is what makes Donald J. Trump the ultimate political outsider and an effective change agent. Question will be, is he a Flake? They were photographed dining together as Trump mulled making Romney his secretary of state, and the President endorsed Romney's Senate bid a year ago.

He also blasted Trump actions he said undermined US leadership and alliances around the world. There is no point to this op-ed.

Not surprisingly, Trump quickly responded on Twitter to Romney's op-ed, asking, "is he a Flake?" referring to outgoing Arizona Sen. "The world needs American leadership", Romney wrote, "and it is in America's interest to provide it". "Nor do I think that the Romney type of establishment, big government Republicanism is popular enough to win a general election". He also praised his colleagues who keep their disagreements with the president on policies like tariffs in private, rather than publicly attacking the president. The president said Romney "should be happy for all Republicans" and should be "a TEAM player".

Throughout his Senate campaign, Romney insisted that he would agree with Trump on some issues and not be shy about disagreeing on others. He said later: "I would vote for the border wall". She added the president is attacked and obstructed by Democrats and the mainstream media 24/7 and Romney is feeding into what they want.

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