Trump fires back after Romney blasts president

Trump fires back after Romney blasts president

Trump fires back after Romney blasts president

US President Donald Trump today cautioned fellow Republican Mitt Romney to be a "team player" after the former presidential candidate and incoming US senator sharply criticised the president's actions and questioned his character.

Trump fired back on Twitter, saying early Wednesday: "Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast!" Jeff Flake who was a frequent Trump critic behind a microphone anyway, though not so much when it came to casting his vote.

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

Ronna McDaniel, Romney's niece and the chair of the Republican National Committee, bashed Romney's attack toward the president.

Romney, the 2012 Republican nominee for president, wrote that Trump "has not risen to the mantle of the office". "Does he understand anything about the situation that his Republican colleague, Donald Trump, is in now?"

He adopted a more nuanced view as a candidate for Senate a year ago, speaking favourably of Trump's actions on taxes and judicial appointments, among others, but saying he did not consider the president a role model for his grandchildren.

"With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable", Romney wrote in the op-ed piece in The Washington Post on Tuesday. He should reconsider; because there's much work to be done on helping to enact President Trump's America First agenda.

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. Trump warned Romney to be a "team player" after the incoming U.S. senator questioned his character. And, by the way, I acknowledge the president was successful.

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. Asked if Romney's opinions on Trump are a minority in the GOP Senate conference, Paul said they are. 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 Romney seeks the role of a critic, he may find himself alone like Flake and Corker, who tried to take on Trump over issues including his tariffs against China and allies like Canada. "I was expecting something, but I'm surprised he did it this quickly", Trump said.

Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer wrote in a tweet of his own: "I'm disappointed in Mitt Romney". 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.

Rounds said his job is to make things better and "that doesn't mean I have to be out there in front fighting with someone".

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