Donald Trump slams Mitt Romney as another 'Flake' after lawmaker's criticism

Jeff Flake speaks with reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington Dec. 6 2018. The Associated Press

It is unclear whether any other Republican lawmakers will feel emboldened to criticize Trump ahead of his presumed 2020 re-election bid or whether Trump will face any serious challengers for the Republican Party's presidential nomination. But Romney said that once in Congress, he intends to defy Trump should he say any hateful, racist, or dishonest comments.

Romney, a former MA governor, had criticized Trump before - notably, in a March 2016 speech he called Trump a "phony" and a "fraud" and opposed his bid for the GOP nomination - but later he made peace with the president-elect and even expressed interest in joining his administration.

Last February Mr Trump endorsed Mr Romney's run for a Senate seat in Utah. But Romney adds: "With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. It is very much our friend", Mr Romney wrote in an essay in November.

Paul said that although he had "choice words" about Trump during a presidential debate in 2015, he's since tried to avoid "personal characterization assassination".

But he emphasized that while he is likely to agree with the president on some policy issues, 'there are places that I think the president can, if you will, elevate his game and do a better job to help bring us together as a nation'.

In response to the criticism, Paul came out swinging against Romney, comparing him to Republicans who attacked Reagan when it was popular.

This speech, perhaps one of the most critical ones about Trump from a current GOP member, led political analyst and Fox News commentator Bill Kristol to brand it a sign of growing resistance to the 45th U.S. president from within his own party. But past year he thanked Trump for his endorsement as Romney ran for a senate seat from Utah.

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After the election, Romney congratulated Trump. He also pointed out that "now, I'm far from the first to conclude that Donald Trump lacks the temperament to be president".

In an op-ed in The Washington Post, the newly elected Mr. Romney said Mr. Trump "has not risen to the mantle of the office".

"The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December", Romney wrote.

Romney opposed Trump's candidacy in 2016, calling him "a phony, a fraud", but was willing to join his administration and met with the president-elect over dinner, and was widely considered to be a candidate for Secretary of State. He also referenced Romney's 2012 election loss to President Barack Obama.

In addition to getting the Trump-backed criminal justice reform bill passed - his biggest legislative accomplishment to date - Lee was among few Republicans applauding the president's move to pull USA troops out of Syria.

In a Washington Post essay published late on Tuesday, Romney suggested the United States leader had "caused dismay around the world" and said his presidency had "made a deep descent in December".

Even Ronna McDaniel, Republican National Committee chairwoman and Romney's niece, took the president's side.

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