Trump Compares His Win, Romney's Loss in Responding to Harsh Critique

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During the 2016 Republican primaries, Romney advised his fellow party members against nominating Donald Trump. That's when Trump's 2020 campaign manager, Brad Parscale, tweeted a link to it, along with the head-scratching phrase, "Jealously (sic) is a drink best served warm".

"A presidency shapes the public character of the nation", Romney wrote, referencing American leaders of the past.

But in his essay on Tuesday, Romney sought to stake out a more independent position in his party and vowed to be a loud voice in Washington, which now includes a divided Congress as Democrats take control of the US House of Representatives following their November election gains.

Romney responded, "Thank you Mr. President for the support".

It is not that all of the president's policies have been misguided.

In response to the criticism, Paul came out swinging against Romney, comparing him to Republicans who attacked Reagan when it was popular. "While President Trump would win re-nomination it wouldn't come quick and it wouldn't be cheap". In 2012, Republicans upped this requirement to a majority of delegates in eight states, to prevent then-Texas Congressman Ron Paul from challenging Romney at the convention, but restored the original plurality-in-five threshold in 2016 after the tougher rules shut out Ohio Gov. John Kasich.

In a Washington Post essay published late on Tuesday, Romney suggested that the United States leader "caused dismay around the world" and said that Trump's presidency had "made a deep descent in December".

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"For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack (Trump) as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive", McDaniel tweeted.

Williams said the RNC needs to change "loopholes in the re-nomination campaign" at their winter meeting this month so that no Republican could run against Trump in the 2020 presidential campaign.

"I have still voted against the president", he said.

"I think it's important for me to work for people who I think are basically honest, who tell the truth as best they know it", McChrystal pointedly said and confirmed that he thinks Trump is "immoral".

Again, awkward. But, defending the president and his policies is kind of her job.

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.

Trump retaliated by mocking Romney's 2012 presidential loss and claimed Romney was "begging" for his endorsement during that time. Conservative commentator Bill Kristol tweeted that Romney's words confirmed that "Trump's dominance over the GOP, pretty complete until now, can no longer be taken for granted".

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