"When he won the election, I hoped he would rise to the occasion", said Romney, who in 2016 castigated Trump as a "phony" and a "fraud" during the 2016 campaign. "With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable", wrote Romney, who was the Republican party's 2012 presidential nominee.
In a hard jab, Romney highlights the 68-point plummet in trust America's closest allies have that the US president will do the right thing between former President Barack Obama's last year in office and Trump's first year.
In a tweet, Trump compared Romney to outgoing Senator Jeff Flake, another Republican critic of the president, and urged the former MA governor to "be a TEAM player & WIN". "That project begins, of course, with the highest office once again acting to inspire and unite us".
Romney should be helping President Trump, not trying out for CNN's next anti-Trump Republican talking head.
The world "needs American leadership", he argued, and "the alternative. offered by China and Russian Federation is autocratic, corrupt and brutal".
Romney has been a vocal critic of the President during Trump's campaign and first two years in office, although the two had appeared to mend fences after Trump was elected. Trump endorsed him in his Senate bid previous year. "The man is not even sworn-in yet", Bennett said, adding that when Romney was running for senator in Utah, he didn't bring up his criticisms against Trump. While stating that he, Paul, according to his voting record has "opposed the president more than any other Republican in the Senate" (and singling out tariffs as a prime area of disagreement with Trump), he believes other senators should emulate him in treating Trump "with dignity and with respect". His op-ed was a shallow political miscalculation and a pathetic attempt to be the center of attention. Think of it as Romney's audition to replace retiring Senator Jeff Flake.
The victor of the 2016 presidential election hit back by tweeting, "I won big and he didn't".
Other Republicans haven't been willing to go along, as Trump continues to have a passionate and vocal base of support among a significant segment of GOP voters.
Rory Cooper, a GOP strategist who helped lead the "Never Trump PAC" during the 2016 Republican primary, said publicly criticizing the president makes Republican votes back home unhappy and earns the ire of the president. "But policies and appointments are only a part of a presidency".
"Jealously is a drink best served warm and Romney just proved it", Parscale wrote, adding he wished "everyone had the courage" Trump had. "But when the president of the United States, frankly of either party, were to say 'I'm endorsing your candidacy, ' I think you'd say thank you very much".
"POTUS is attacked and obstructed by the [mainstream] media and Democrats 24/7", McDaniel wrote.
And last February, Trump endorsed Romney in the Utah Senate race, but not before reportedly urging Hatch to run for reelection.