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Romney Critical of Trump’s Mueller Report Actions

April 26, 2019 by Gail Nussbaum in Politics
Speaker Paul Ryan with Governor Mitt Romney of Massachusetts and his wife, Ann Romney.

Mitt Romney, the newly elected junior senator of Utah, former governor of Massachusetts, and 2012 candidate for president, described President Trump with harsh words in his reaction to reading the recently released Mueller report. Trump did not waste much time lashing out against Romney in response.

One of the few republicans critical of Trump’s behavior as described by special counsel investigator Robert Mueller, Romney said that he was “sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President.”

He added that he was “appalled” that Trump
associates, during the 2016 presidential campaign, “welcomed help from Russia.”
During the 2012 presidential Romney was highly criticized for saying that Russia
was America’s “greatest geopolitical foe.”

Other republicans were also critical of the
president but used more moderate language. Senator Susan Collins of Maine said
in a radio interview that Mueller’s report offered “an unflattering portrayal
of the president,” while Senator Rob Portman of Ohio said the report “documents
a number of actions taken by the president or his associates that were
inappropriate.”

Trump responded to Romney in a tweet the
next day:

“If @MittRomney spent the same energy fighting Barack Obama as he does fighting Donald Trump, he could have won the race (maybe)!”

The tweet came with a 40-second long video
contrasting Romney’s election loss to Obama in 2012 with Trump’s win over
Clinton in 2016. The origin of the video is not unclear.

Romney has consistently been critical of
Trump. In January 2019, just a few days before Romney was sworn in as Utah’s junior
senator, he wrote in an op-ed in the Washington Post that Trump “has not risen
to the mantle” of the office of president and his ““words and actions have
caused dismay around the world.”

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About Gail Nussbaum

Gail Nussbaum has been involved in politics and diplomacy for over 15 years. Her interest in foreign relations, economics and budget policy has led her to her position as fiscal policy writer at Left Justified. Gail can be contacted at gailnussbaum(at)leftjustified.com.

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