Senator elect Mitt Romney on Tuesday in an op-ed published in The Washington Posy that Donald Trump’s character “is evidence that the President has not risen to the mantle of the office”.
“It is well known that Donald Trump was not my choice for the Republican presidential nomination. After he became the nominee, I hoped his campaign would refrain from resentment and name-calling. It did not,”
“But, on balance, his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month, is evidence that the President has not risen to the mantle of the office,” he wrote
Mitt who was the 2012 Republican Presidential candidate, lost to the Barack Obama, stated that Trump’s cabinet appointment had been “encouraging”. He also supported some decisions from the President, especially those that in the interest of the ” mainstream ” Republican “.
Romney wrote in Tuesday’s op-ed that he agreed with some of the policy changes Trump has championed. “But policies and appointments are only a part of a presidency,”
“It is not that all of the president’s policies have been misguided. He was right to align U.S. corporate taxes with those of global competitors, to strip out excessive regulations, to crack down on China’s unfair trade practices, to reform of criminal justice and to appoint conservative judges. These are policies mainstream Republicans have promoted for years. But policies and appointments are only a part of a presidency.
Romney has never been a fan of the President. He has been the leading critic of Trump’s administration.
“The departures of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, the appointment of senior persons of lesser experience, the abandonment of allies who fight beside us, and the president’s thoughtless claim that America has long been a “sucker” in world affairs all defined his presidency down”.he wrote.
“A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect. … And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.”
Romney also accused Trump of causing dismay and whittled down the influence of America around the world.
“Trump’s words and actions have caused dismay around the world.”
“The world needs American leadership, and it is in America’s interest to provide it,” he wrote.
Romney, who is set to take office Thursday, said he looks forward to tackling important issues with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican, as well as other senators, adding that he “will support policies that I believe are in the best interest of the country and my state, and oppose those that are not.”
“But I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions,” he wrote.
Brad Parscale, Trump’s 2020 campaign manager, responded to Romney’s piece in a tweet Tuesday evening, writing that the incoming senator from Utah “lacked the ability to save this nation” while Trump “has saved it.”
“Jealously is a drink best served warm and Romney just proved it. So sad, I wish everyone had the courage (Trump) had,” Parscale wrote.
The truth is @MittRomney lacked the ability to save this nation. @realDonaldTrump has saved it. Jealously is a drink best served warm and Romney just proved it. So sad, I wish everyone had the courage @realDonaldTrump had. https://t.co/mbxoTqbSX6
— Brad Parscale (@parscale) January 2, 2019
Romney said he does not “intend to comment on every tweet or fault.”
Meanwhile, President Trump is yet to respond.