December 12, 2019
Politics

Senators Express Frustration With Mitt Romney Over Attacks on Trump

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) is frustrating some fellow GOP senators for his repeated attacks on Republican President Donald Trump.

“Because one election didnt turn out the way that Mitt wanted it to turn out, hes critical of the president,” Sen. James Inhofe (R-Okla.) told The Hill. “So, Im not pleased with it.”

“Its awfully easy to sit in the stands and be critical of the people on the field,” Sen. David Purdue said of Romneys statements and speeches criticizing Trump for various actions.

“Thats his own opinion. I disagree with it strongly.”

Trump said during a cabinet meeting on Monday that Romneys fellow Republican members of Congress arent helping him enough against the House Democrats impeachment inquiry and noted Romney by name as an example of his opposition.

Democrats, Trump said, “are vicious and they stick together.”

“They dont have Mitt Romney in their midst. They dont have people like that,” he added.

Trump and Romney have gone back and forth multiple times, including a spat that partially unfolded over Twitter earlier this month. Trump tweeted: “Mitt Romney never knew how to win. He is a pompous ass who has been fighting me from the beginning, except when he begged me for my endorsement for his Senate run (I gave it to him), and when he begged me to be Secretary of State (I didnt give it to him). He is so bad for Rs!”

Asked if Romney was undercutting the president, Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wis.) told The Hill: “Hes not helping him.”

Other senators have gone on record criticizing Romney, including Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.).

“Senator Romney has gone down the same path as the Democrats like [House Speaker] Nancy Pelosi,” Scott said during a late September appearance on Fox Business. “He thinks the worst of the president instead of the best, before he ever gets all the facts. ”

Sen. Rick Scott (R-Fla.) speaks during a news conference in Washington in a file photograph. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Romney said during a recent interview with Axios that Republican lawmakers who disagree with Trump dont speak out because “people want to hang onto their job.”

“Theres no upside in going on out and attacking the leader of your party, cause thats just gonna let someone come in and primary you on the right,” he said.

“What people are annoyed by is when he speaks for other senators and says why theyre not standing up to Trump,” an anonymous Republican senator told The Hill. “He should stick to speaking for himRead More – Source

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