Washington: Mitt Romney, the Republican party’s presidential nominee in 2012, has slammed US President Donald Trump, saying his conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions this month, is evidence that he has not risen to the mantle of the office.
Romney, 71, who was elected as a Republican Senator from Utah in November, will be sworn in on Thursday.
“The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December…on balance, his 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 said in an op-ed published in the Washington Post on Tuesday.
His strong-hitting op-ed gains significance that he is unlikely to follow White House position on critical issues given that the ruling party has 53 seats in a 100-member Senate.
On some critical issues Trump would require 60 votes to get his legislative agenda passed.
Romney, notably enough, during the Republican presidential primaries in 2016, had described Trump as a con man and accused him as a fraud.
“There’s plenty of evidence that Mr Trump is a con man, a fake. Mr Trump has changed his positions not just over the years, but over the course of the campaign,” Romney said in his speech at the Hinckley Institute on March 3, 2016.
“Here’s what I know. Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University,” Romney had said and warned his party colleagues that Trump if nominated as the Republican nominee would never be able to defeat the then Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.
However, Trump went ahead to earn the Republcian presidential nomination by overcoming the challenge from 16 others and surprised political pundits by defeating favourite Hillary Clinton in the November 2016 presidential elections.