"After he became the nominee, I hoped his campaign would refrain from resentment and name-calling". Trump wrote on Twitter, appearing to reference outgoing United States senator Jeff Flake, one of the few Republican lawmakers who publicly spoke out against Trump, at the cost of drawing the president's wrath.
"I will let the people make the assessment of which things were mistakes and not", he said, before justifying why he accepted Trump's endorsement in 2018. "Nor do I think that the Romney type of establishment, big government Republicanism is popular enough to win a general election".
In a later tweet, McDaniel called her uncle's commentary "disappointing and unproductive".
"POTUS is attacked and obstructed by the MSM media and Democrats 24/7", McDaniel wrote on Twitter Wednesday. With Trump, Republicans are "just wallowing in the corruption, but the problem is a long, systemic problem", she added.
He promised to speak his mind in Washington, which will now feature a divided Congress as Republicans retain a majority in the Senate and Democrats take control of the House of Representatives, after Republicans lost their House majority in November's elections.
"There's not that many freshmen Senators that would get this much attention for an opinion piece", said Morgan Lyon Cotti, Associate Director of the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. Or has Romney forgotten that he was accused of sexism for saying that, as governor of MA, he had "binders full of women" candidates' resumes he considered in filling top jobs in his administration? Jeff Flake, R-Arizona, and Bob Corker, R-Tennessee, are retiring, and Sen.
At times, Romney's essay in The Washington Post sounded like a campaign manifesto for a potential 2020 primary challenge to Trump. He said Trump told him: "We're going to have a better deal for them". "I think, once they do polling back home, not all of them, but many of them will find that independence is being rewarded". In one speech, Romney said there was plenty of evidence that Trump was "a con man, a fake". Trump even considered Romney for secretary of state, but chose Rex Tillerson instead.More news: Putin praises ties with China in New Year greetings to world leaders
President Donald Trump took to Twitter to blast incoming Utah Sen. Most voters in Utah - 64 percent - would like to see the senator confront the president, according to data from AP VoteCast, a survey of midterm voters. Rand Paul's deputy chief of staff, Sergio Gor, later said that Rand Paul largely endorses President Trump's conservative policies, including his tax cuts and judicial appointments. "A president should unite us and inspire us to follow 'our better angels.' A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect".
In an interview Wednesday, Romney defended his remarks and also said he has not decided who he'll endorse in 2020.
"Some might say it's sour grapes at not having won the (presidential) post himself", said Paul. He won. And I recognize that and appreciate that.
Romney cited three instances in Trump's first two years as president in which he disapproved of how the president conducted himself: his response to the racist violence in Charlottesville, Va.; his support of Roy Moore, the Alabama Senate candidate who was accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls while he was an adult; and Trump's continued vitriolic attacks on the media. "I think we should have a border wall on our southern border, whether it's a wall or a fence or technology, and perhaps in some cases the natural landscape prevents people from coming into the country easily", he said.
Some Trump critics within the GOP are hopeful that Romney's comments are a sign of more to come from Republicans.
Both Republicans were vocal GOP critics of Trump, and their retirements left some wondering whether any other Republicans would be willing to publicly criticize the president. Sen.