President Trump fired back at Senator-elect Mitt Romney on Wednesday after the 2012 presidential candidate attacked him in a scathing op-ed -- with Trump tweeting "I won big and he didn't."
"Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake? I hope not," Trump tweeted, in a reference to retiring Jeff Flake, one of his biggest GOP critics in the Senate. "Would much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful. I won big, and he didn’t. He should be happy for all Republicans. Be a TEAM player & WIN!"
Romney, who won his Utah Senate race in November and has sparred with the president before, wrote in a scathing op-ed for The Washington Post that Trump "has not risen to the mantle of the office."
Published in The Post on Tuesday, Romney's piece reiterated past thoughts about Trump. That is, while Trump wasn't his first choice to be the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2016, he hoped the billionaire businessman would "rise to the occasion" to lead and unite the U.S.
But, Romney said, he's found that the president's actions have proven otherwise.
"... 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 wrote.
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