President Donald Trump and Senator-elect Mitt Romney are off to a shaky start with Romney taking shots through an op-ed and Trump responding on Twitter.
Before assuming the mantle of Utah’s Senator, Romney wrote to the Washington Post how Trump “falls short” of the character required to lead United States.
“[Trump’s] conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office,” Romney wrote.
Romney wrote highlighting many of the more recent issues the Trump administration had faced going into he new year and notably reproached trump’s use of Twitter.
“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,” Romney wrote.
As to be expected, Romney’s words have not gone unnoticed or unchallenged by the president. Trump compared Romney to outgoing Senator Jeff Flake who was a constant critic of Trump. Despite the rough start, Trump still expects to do great things in the coming year and encouraged Romney to aid in that by being a “team player.”
In what may be a direct jab at Romney, Trump made his comments via Twitter:
“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!”