Donald Trump slams Mitt Romney as another 'Flake' after lawmaker's criticism

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

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.

In his essay yesterday, Romney vowed to speak his mind in Washington, which now includes a divided Congress as Democrats take control of the US House of Representatives following their November election gains. Trump says he would "much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful". The president said Romney "should be happy for all Republicans" and should be "a TEAM player".

The presidency "shapes the public character of the nation", Romney wrote, noting a person with Trump's power should unite the American people, defend the free press, and display honesty and integrity.

"He talks eight months earlier about how Trump is a conman and a fraud, and yet he's eating at Jean Georges. with Trump trying to become secretary of state!" said Hostin. "Does he understand anything about the situation that his Republican colleague, Donald Trump, is in now?" "I hope not", Trump tweeted. "When he won the election, I hoped he would rise to the occasion".

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Romney said he would support the president in policies he thought were in the best interests of Utah or the USA but speak out against actions "that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions". He also pledged to call out the president whenever he posts a tweet that can be interpreted as "racist, divisive, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive".

The timing of the article, just two days before Mr Romney is sworn-in, prompted some to speculate he was positioning himself as a challenger to Mr Trump securing the Republican presidential nomination.

On how much he would support Mr Trump, the former MA governor vowed to act "as I would with any president, in or out of my party".

Romney remains a quintessential establishment Republican insider in the mold of former Arizona Senator Flake, former Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, and former Ohio Governor John Kasich.

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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".

The senator-elect tried to slip out of that potentially awkward question by saying, "You know, I'm sure I've made a lot of mistakes". Jeff Flake, who clashed with Trump but ultimately opted to leave office after Trump's base in his state abandoned him.

Graham joined Brian Kilmeade on Fox News radio to discuss the incoming senator's op-ed and Graham did not hold back.

On CNN, Romney said her choice of words was 'probably more civil than it might have been across the Thanksgiving dinner table'.

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"Jealously is a drink best served warm and Romney just proved it", Parscale wrote, adding he wished "everyone had the courage" Trump had.

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