Senator-elect Mitt Romney trashed President Donald Trump’s character in an opinion piece for The Washington Post. “With the nation so divided, resentful, and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.” Romney wrote in the op-ed published Tuesday night. His piece focused on how Trump has altered the United States’ image abroad. He wrote, “In a 2016 Pew Research Center poll, 84 percent of people in Germany, Britain, France, Canada, and Sweden believed the American president would ‘do the right thing in world affairs.’ One year later, that number had fallen to 16 percent.” Romney said that in the Senate he will work for common goals like a balanced budget and not point out every presidential fault, but will “speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions.” He added that Trump “has not risen to the mantle of the office.” Romney will be sworn in to the U.S. Senate representing Utah on Thursday. He has been critical of Trump in the past, but has also said he was “impressed” by Trump’s transition effort. Trump has not yet responded.
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