By Susan Heavey and Susan Cornwell
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Donald Trump rebuffed pointy critique from associate Republican Mitt Romney on Wednesday, heaping ridicule on the incoming senator in a pointer of tensions to come in Washington even before a new Congress is strictly sworn in.
Romney, who starts work on Thursday when members of the 2019-2020 Congress take office, suggested in a journal letter published on Tuesday that Trump had “caused dismay around the world” and pronounced his presidency had “made a low skirmish in December.”
“On balance, his control over the past two years … is justification that the boss has not risen to the layer of the office,” pronounced Romney in the Washington Post essay, reprising a clever critique of Trump that he uttered during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Trump responded with a twitter on Wednesday, observant Romney’s unsuccessful 2012 White House bid and also holding a shot at former Republican Senator Jeff Flake, who has just late from Congress and who has been one of the few Republican lawmakers to be plainly vicious of the president.
“Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake? we wish not. Would much cite that Mitt concentration on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful. we won big, and he didn’t. He should be happy for all Republicans. Be a TEAM actor WIN!” Trump wrote on Twitter.
Trump steady this thesis after during a cupboard meeting, observant he wished Romney could be more of a “team player.”
The president, a businessman and radio star with no before supervision experience, caused low groups in the celebration when he won the Republican White House assignment and then the choosing in 2016, upending celebration habit on unfamiliar policy, deficits and other issues and ruling in infrequently violent style.
But open critique from Republican lawmakers has been rare. It was misleading either any other distinguished members of the celebration would feel emboldened to impugn Trump forward of his reputed 2020 re-election bid, or either the boss will face any critical challengers for the party’s White House nomination.
Senator Rand Paul, a regressive Republican, took Romney to charge on a discussion call. “You’ll find the immeasurable infancy (of Republican lawmakers) will wish he hadn’t pronounced it,” pronounced Paul.
Brushing aside the fact that Trump mostly privately attacks and insults other politicians, Paul pronounced Romney’s critique of the president’s impression was a “big mistake” and an try by the new senator to benefaction himself as “holier than thou.”
“Some might contend it’s green grapes at not carrying won the (presidential) post himself,” pronounced Paul. He added: “I don’t think there’s an ardour for a Romney run (for president) in the Republican Party.”
Republican National Committee Chair Ronna McDaniel also criticized Romney, observant on Twitter his letter was an conflict on Trump that was “disappointing and unproductive.”
McDaniel is a niece of Romney. Seven years ago, Romney was the party’s presidential nominee, using with Paul Ryan, who late from Congress last month. Romney mislaid to then obligatory Democratic President Barack Obama.
Paul also took a run at the presidency. He forsaken out early in 2016 from the Republican primary competition that Trump won.
Representatives for Romney could not be immediately reached for criticism on the tweets and remarks by Trump, Paul and McDaniel.
Romney and Trump traded barbs during the 2016 campaign, with Romney job Trump a “fraud” and Trump slamming Romney’s 2012 loss. The two after seemed to bury the hatchet, with Trump quickly deliberation Romney to be his secretary of state and endorsing Romney’s 2018 run for the Senate.
But in Tuesday’s essay, Romney wrote of Trump, “The appointment of comparison persons of obtuse experience, the abandonment of allies who quarrel beside us, and the president’s careless explain that America has long been a ‘sucker’ in universe affairs all tangible his presidency down.”
He betrothed to pronounce his mind in Washington, which will now underline a divided Congress as Republicans keep a infancy in the Senate and Democrats take control of the House of Representatives, after Republicans mislaid their House infancy in November’s elections.
“I will pronounce out opposite poignant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, prejudiced or mortal to approved institutions,” Romney wrote.
(Additional stating by David Shepardson; Editing by Steve Orlofsky and Frances Kerry)