Mitt Romney is standing strong in his criticism of President Donald Trump, even after being reminded of his Senate endorsement.
During an interview with Jake Tapper, the newly elected senator defended his reasoning behind why he published an op-ed critical of the president. Romney had been endorsed by the president in the past, but later said that he regretted his endorsement.
If Trump had said 4 years ago the things he says today about the KKK, Muslims, Mexicans, disabled, I would NOT have accepted his endorsement
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) March 3, 2016
However, he also seemed to defend his decision to allow Trump to endorse him.
“I will let the people make the assessment of which things were mistakes and not,” said Romney. “But when the president of the United States, frankly of either party, were to say ‘I’m endorsing your candidacy,’ I think you’d say ‘Thank you very much.’”
Trump also endorsed Romney’s senate race, but the politician made sure to point out that it was a one-sided endorsement.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2018
“He was endorsing me, I wasn’t endorsing him,” Romney said. “And I haven’t decided who I’m going to endorse in 2020. I’m going to wait and see what the alternatives are.”
He claimed that he was inspired to speak out due to the recent political climate and hoped to encourage people to work together.
“You make your decision as best as you possibly can. But I know what my principles are, what I think is right for the country,” Romney said. “And I know that right now the country is as divided as I’ve ever seen it. People in many respects are angry and resentful. And they want to see leaders who can unite us and push through those things.”