David Bossie: Hey, Mitt Romney -- Washington needs problem solvers, not headline grabbers

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Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee and former MA governor, wrote Tuesday that the president has "not risen to the mantle of the office," distancing himself from Trump just two days before he will be sworn into the Senate.

But he went on to say: "With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable". Then, after Trump was elected president, Romney dined with Trump and his then-chief of staff Reince Preibus at the Jean-Georges restaurant in Trump Tower.

Flake was far and away Trump's most consistent critic among Senate Republicans.

"The world needs American leadership, and it is in America's interest to provide it", he continued.

Mitt Romney after winning the Utah Senate seat.

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 3: Mitt Romney gives a speech on the state of the Republican party at the Hinckley Institute of Politics on the campus of the University of Utah on March 3, 2016 in Salt Lake City, Utah. A Morning Consult poll updated last month found that as of November 2018, President Trump holds a 50 percent approval rating in Utah.

Others refrained from snap judgement, saying that Romney's previous criticism of Donald Trump eventually fell flat.

Although Trump endorsed Romney in the 2012 presidential campaign, the relationship took a more bitter direction in 2016. "I don't think you're going to be able to reinvent yourself in the same way now. post-Trump world is an entirely different ball of wax".

"We don't normally comment on op-eds from other senators", Lee spokesman Conn Carroll said in an email.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Romney excoriated Trump as a "fraud" who was "playing the American public for suckers". It did not. When he won the election, I hoped he would rise to the occasion.

McDaniel, a MI political operative and daughter of Romney's older brother Scott, used to go by her full name - Ronna Romney McDaniel - professionally, but stopped using her maiden name upon becoming the RNC chair following the 2016 election.

On social media some praised Mr Romney, others said he should have gone further.

"From Romney's own standpoint, I don't understand strategically why you would try to carve out being the anti-Trump before you're even sworn in as a freshman", he said.

"POTUS is attacked and obstructed by the [mainstream] media and Democrats 24/7", McDaniel wrote.

Romney also wrote that "not all of the president's policies have been misguided", citing corporate tax cuts, reduced regulations and the appointment of conservative judges.

Trump, in a Twitter response, said he hoped Romney wouldn't follow in the footsteps of Sen. "He should be happy for all Republicans", the president wrote.

After Trump was elected, the two men seemed to mend fences and Romney was briefly considered for the position of secretary of state.

Wrote Romney, in part: 'It is well known that Donald Trump was not my choice for the Republican presidential nomination.

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