RNC Chairman, other GOPs Blast Romney for Anti-Trump Op-ed

Jeff Flake speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington Dec. 6 2018. The Associated Press

"Would much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful", Trump said.

He has previously attacked Romney as a "failed candidate" and his manager for the 2020 presidential campaign accused him of jealousy. And in classic counter-puncher fashion, Trump questioned in a Wednesday morning tweet whether Romney would be "a Flake", a reference to outgoing Arizona GOP Sen.

Romney wrote in the op-ed that a "president should unite us and inspire us to follow "our better angels" and that a president should "demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity".

During the 2016 Republican primaries, Romney advised his fellow party members against nominating Donald Trump.

The world "needs American leadership", he argued, and "the alternative. offered by China and Russian Federation is autocratic, corrupt and brutal".

Romney will be sworn in Thursday along with the rest of the incoming Senate by Vice President Mike Pence.

Romney changed his tune after Trump's surprise win, calling the president to congratulate him and meeting with him to discuss a potential job as secretary of state, a position that eventually went to Rex Tillerson instead.

For all his big words, Romney also says that he looks forward to "working on these priorities with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and other senators".

'He's got to make that assessment himself, ' Romney said.

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But the former MA governor who fell short as the Republican presidential nominee in 2012 insisted he won't make another run at the White House himself.

But even the op-ed was a step down from the March 2016 speech in which he front-loaded a sneer onto a script full of venom. Mr Trump wrote on Twitter, appearing to reference outgoing United States senator Jeff Flake, one of the few Republican politicians who publicly spoke out against him.

The victor of the 2016 presidential election hit back by tweeting, "I won big and he didn't".

In his essay on Tuesday, Mr 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.

In his interview on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper", Romney also noted that there were several times he split with the current administration's handling of situations.

In the piece, published online Tuesday night by The Washington Post, Romney said Trump's "most glaring" shortfall has been in shaping the character of the nation.

"Accordingly", he said, "I am asking for your support to take the unprecedented step of amending the rules to close loopholes in the re-nomination campaign, including Rule 40", he said. "His attack on the media", Romney told Tapper. "He should be happy for all Republicans", Trump wrote, offering this advice to Romney: "Be a TEAM player & WIN!"

Asked about the possibility that Romney intends to run against Trump in 2020, Paul pointed out that Trump was able to win some states, such as MI and Pennsylvania, that Romney was not.

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