GOP Slams Romney’s Attack on Trump’s Character While Dems Praise It

‘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.

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.

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.

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.