‘I wish Mitt could be more a team player. I endorsed him and he thanked me profusely…’
(Kaylee McGhee, Liberty Headlines) President Trump slammed Sen.-elect Mitt Romney’s, R-Utah, op-ed on Wednesday, suggesting that the incoming senator should be “a team player” and support his administration rather than criticize it.
“Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake? I hope not,” Trump wrote on Twitter, referencing outgoing Sen. Jeff Flake, R-Ariz.
Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake? I hope not. Would much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful. I won big, and he didn’t. He should be happy for all Republicans. Be a TEAM player & WIN!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 2, 2019
The president’s tweet was in response to Romney’s Washington Post op-ed, which accused Trump of a “shortfall” in regards to his character and effective leadership.
“With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring,” Romney wrote Tuesday.
“I do not intend to comment on every tweet or fault. But I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions,” he continued.
Trump continued his criticism of Romney in a Cabinet meeting at the White House, according to The Hill.
“I wish Mitt could be more a team player,” Trump said. “I endorsed him and he thanked me profusely.”
Several prominent Republicans have also spoken out against Romney’s assessment of the president, including Romney’s niece, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronda Romney McDaniel.
“For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack @realdonaldtrump as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive,” she wrote on Twitter.
POTUS is attacked and obstructed by the MSM media and Democrats 24/7. For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack @realdonaldtrump as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive. https://t.co/ArhI7Bi7bo
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) January 2, 2019
Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., also spoke out against Romney, calling him a “big government Republican” who would rather talk about “virtue” than get anything done.
Like other Big Government Republicans who never liked Reagan, Mitt Romney wants to signal how virtuous he is in comparison to the President. Well, I’m most concerned and pleased with the actual conservative reform agenda @realDonaldTrump has achieved.
— Senator Rand Paul (@RandPaul) January 2, 2019
Leftist Rep. Ted Lieu, D-Calif., however, defended Romney and said he hopes more Republicans will be willing to criticize the president when need be.
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) January 2, 2019