Trump Fires Back After Incoming Senator Romney Blasts President

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday cautioned fellow Republican Mitt Romney to be a “team player” after the former presidential candidate and incoming U.S. senator sharply criticized the president’s actions and questioned his character.

In a Washington Post essay published late on Tuesday, Romney suggested the U.S. leader had “caused dismay around the world” and said his presidency had “made a deep descent in December.”

“On balance, his conduct over the past two years … is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office,” said Romney, who starts his new role representing Utah on Thursday.

“The appointment of senior persons of lesser experience, the abandonment of allies who fight beside us, and the president’s thoughtless claim that America has long been a ‘sucker’ in world affairs all defined his presidency down,” he wrote.

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.

“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!” Trump wrote on Twitter, appearing to reference outgoing U.S. Senator Jeff Flake, one of the few Republican lawmakers who publicly spoke out against Trump, at the cost of drawing the president’s wrath.

It is unclear whether any other Republican lawmakers will feel emboldened to criticize Trump ahead of his presumed 2020 re-election bid or whether Trump will face any serious challengers for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination.

Romney’s move to stake out a more independent position highlights divisions within the party, since Trump, a real estate developer and television reality star who had never held public office before winning the 2016 election, upended many conservatives’ long-held positions on foreign policy and deficits, among others.

Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel also criticized Romney on Twitter, calling his essay an “attack” on Trump that was “disappointing and unproductive.” McDaniel is Romney’s niece.

Representatives for Romney could not be immediately reached for comment on the tweets by Trump or McDaniel.

Romney and Trump traded barbs during the 2016 presidential campaign, with Romney calling Trump a “fraud” and Trump slamming Romney’s 2012 loss to Democrat Barack Obama.

The two later appeared to bury their bitterness, with Trump briefly considering Romney for secretary of state after he won the White House and endorsing Romney’s 2018 run for the Senate.

In his essay on Tuesday, Romney vowed to speak his mind in Washington, which now includes a divided Congress as Democrats take control of the U.S. House of Representatives following their November election gains.

“I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions,” he wrote.

(Reporting by David Shepardson and Susan Heavey; Editing by Steve Orlofsky)


  1. mitt you and the rest of the republicain party better get smart and start sticking up for the president. other wise you will lose the the demwites.

  2. 1. At least Mitt (what kind of name is that?) is showing his intentions right away.

    2. Mitt probably thinks that disaffected others will rally around him so he can primary Trump in 2020.

    1. 1. Willard Mitt Romney, Mitt is better than Willard. If he went by Willard he might be confused as being a weatherman.

      2. Maybe he thinks that third time is the charm. He already has two failed bids at being president. If you throw in his father’s bid that would be 3 failed presidential bids in the family.

      1. 1. Willard Scott would beg to differ. Mitt sounds like the submissive in a BDSM scenario, i.e. pitcher/catcher. Weatherman is preferable to that IMO.

        2. I’d like to see him try. Just like Hillary’s hypothetical ambitions, 3rd times the final try and tattoos “loser” on you in the history books. Check that, they’re both already losers twice over.

  3. An RNC committeeman, Jevon O.A. Williams, (Virgin Islands) suggested, today, that they should tighten up “loopholes” in their nomination process. In other words, make it so that nobody can run against Trump.

    Smart, just like the DCCC did with Clinton.

    1. “loopholes” differ vastly from cheating, feeding questions beforehand, and other under-handed tactics.

      She STILL lost. BWAHAHA!

      1. The point is that this person is trying to make it so that nobody is likely to be able to challenge the incumbent. That isn’t very democratic, plus it is unlike the Republican party, which has a recent history of allowing all kinds of primary challenges.

        Which way do YOU think supports democracy best?

        1. Funny remarks from someone who used “suggested”. Please present his full quote in context so we can draw our own conclusions.

          It’s pretty clear you are NOT a spokesperson for Williams. Your post “suggests” what you believe imposed over whatever Williams said.

  4. Pretty strong words for someone who rolled over and played dead during the debates with Mr. Obama, Mr. Romney — what a disappointment you turned out to be. And your criticism of President Trump isn’t setting well with me and my very large family, all of whom use to admire you and at one time thought you might be a good President — no longer. Now a bit of a turncoat — playing to both sides of the fence like a typical politician.

  5. President Trump is right again, we should all be team players so we can keep winning!
    TRUMP 2020!

    1. Yes, but Mitt is clearly playing for Team Mitt. Screw the rest of the party.

    1. …and yet there he sits in 1600 Pennsylvania. Is it time to admit how wrong you and the MSM are?

      The New Yorker… least the cover showing NYC as the center of the universe was truthful about their attitudes towards other Americans.

      1. Hey, I’m not arguing that he is President, only that he, with the help of some key players, has flimflammed the public from the beginning.

        1. The same argument could be made for any other president. He just happens to be the current one.

          Here’s a thought. Maybe WE elected him. You know the rest of the country who didn’t vote Dim, Green, etc. So what you’re really saying is that WE don’t really have a choice. Gotcha.

          1. Michael has shown through his comments that he is a demoncrap troll here.

      2. A girl born and raised in NYC told me once that in history class the teacher told them (the class) that they lived in the largest city in the world and the best city in the world . . . that was all they needed to know. That was at the start of the year and that was the last class in history for the year.

  6. Trump is a lying orange scumbag. Any guy with just a sliver of integrity knows Trumpy is pure sh*t.

      1. I’m surprised wide could figure out how to get here. I’m sure he had help.

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