WASHINGTON-Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and incoming Utah senator, has quickly set himself apart from other Republicans in the new Congress with a blistering attack on President Donald Trump's leadership and character.
The White House did not respond to a request for comment, but Trump fired back in a tweet on Wednesday taking aim at Romney's failed 2012 White House bid. Jeff Flake of Arizona, who has often criticized Mr. Trump's actions and hasn't ruled out a primary challenge against the president in 2020.
Conservative co-host Meghan McCain and Abby Huntsman didn't exactly stand by Romney's op-ed, either.
He wrote: "With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. It is very much our friend", Mr Romney wrote in an essay in November. Flake pointed to Romney's op-ed on Tuesday as "thoughtful".
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Meanwhile, Jerry Falwell, Jr. says he can't imagine President Trump "doing anything that's not good for the country". "A president should unite us and inspire us to follow 'our better angels'".
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".
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Romney - who once called Trump a "fraud" and opposed his nomination - was a candidate for secretary of state during the transition. Democrats don't have to worry about the three-ring circus and civil war that is engulfing their party's 2020 nomination campaign because so-called Republicans are forcing us to spend valuable time, money, and resources in re-nominating our president.
Two days before he's sworn in as Utah's junior senator, the on-again, off-again critic of President Trump announced his arrival in Washington with an op-ed bashing the president's character and praising his policies.
Mr Romney suggested that "on balance, (Mr Trump's) conduct over the past two years.is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office".
In addition to getting the Trump-backed criminal justice reform bill passed - his biggest legislative accomplishment to date - Lee was among few Republicans applauding the president's move to pull US troops out of Syria.
Romney also denounced Trump's effect on foreign policy, pointing to a 2016 survey which found that while 84 percent of people in Germany, Britain, France, Canada and Sweden had felt that America "do the right thing in world affairs" - and how, one year later, that number had dropped to 16 percent. He said the president has gone into a "deep descent" in the past month.