The president wrote he would rather Romney "focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful". "He should be happy for all Republicans", the president wrote. Trump responded early Wednesday morning, telling Romney to be a "TEAM player".
"From Romney's own standpoint, I don't understand strategically why you would try to carve out being the anti-Trump before you're even sworn in as a freshman", he said.
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.More news: Winning ticket sold in NY for $425 million Mega Millions jackpot
Lee said he had "real concerns" about Trump during the 2016 election but now is "very pleased" with the president, adding "I quite like him". I hope he does because that's what his constituents want.
Here's the bottom line: Mitt Romney has never sat behind the resolute desk in the Oval Office and he never will, but he needs to get over it and start representing the people of Utah by solving problems alongside President Trump.
Romney pledged to act, as a senator, as he would "with any president", disregarding party lines, but warned that he would oppose "divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive" statements and actions, in an apparent nod at Donald Trump's flamboyant rhetoric.
But the two appeared to bury their bitterness, with Trump briefly considering Romney for the position of Secretary of State after he won the 2016 presidential election, and in February 2018, endorsed Romney's run for the Senate.
In mid-November 2016, Romney visited the president-elect at the Trump National Golf Course in Bedminster, New Jersey, while Trump was evaluating how to fill his Cabinet.More news: Premier League title is Liverpool's to lose
"I don't think the president deserves a new senator coming in attacking his character", Paul said. Parscale suggested that Romney's op-ed was motivated by jealousy. I'm going to wait and see what the alternatives are, ' Romney said on CNN.
He adopted a more nuanced view as a candidate for Senate past year, speaking favourably of Trump's actions on taxes and judicial appointments, among others, but saying he did not consider the president a role model for his grandchildren.
The senator-elect tried to slip out of that potentially awkward question by saying, "You know, I'm sure I've made a lot of mistakes".
'Dishonesty is Donald Trump's hallmark, ' Romney added at the time, venting about Trump's 'bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, [and] the absurd third-grade theatrics'.
And Romney is now going in the opposite direction of his state's senior senator, Mike Lee, who favors numerous White House's recent foreign policy moves. Jeff Flake, who clashed with Trump but ultimately opted to leave office after Trump's base in his state abandoned him.More news: Ball drops in Times Square as thousands ring in the New Year