President Donald Trump blasted Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) as a “Democrat secret asset” who tried “to infiltrate Trump’s administration as secretary of state” after the 2016 election in a video published Friday, Oct. 18, on Twitter.
The narrator in the one-minute video states that Romney’s “cover’s blown, exposed by news reports as a Democrat secret asset.” The video then shows media coverage of Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign defeat and President Trump’s successful bid in 2016.
In the clip’s title, President Trump echoed a message that he posted earlier this month about Romney’s disloyalty, saying “Republicans must stick together and fight.”
REPUBLICANS MUST STICK TOGETHER AND FIGHT! pic.twitter.com/chnSNURfFx
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 18, 2019
Romney was considered a potential candidate for secretary of state following the 2016 election. President Trump in another tweet said Romney “begged” him for the position but he ultimately chose Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson.
The video’s release followed Romney’s strong criticism over the President Trump’s decision to withdraw U.S. troops from northern Syria and his suggestions for Ukraine and China to investigate allegations of international corruption against former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, which now are at the heart of a House impeachment inquiry.
On Thursday, Romney excoriated the administration’s announcement of a five-day cease-fire between Turkey and Kurdish forces in northeastern Syria, deriding it as “far from a victory.”
“The announcement today is being portrayed as a victory. It is far from a victory. Serious questions remain about how the decision was reached precipitously to withdraw from Syria and why that decision was reached,” Romney said. “Adding insult to dishonor, the administration speaks cavalierly, even flippantly, even as our ally has suffered death and casualty.”
Romney has also hammered the president for his requests to foreign governments to probe the Bidens’ activities, calling the move “wrong” and “appalling.”
Earlier this month, President Trump slammed the Utah Republican for his perceived disloyalty, saying that Democrats are lucky to not “have any Mitt Romney types” in their party.
“The Democrats are lucky that they don’t have any Mitt Romney types,” President Trump tweeted. “They may be lousy politicians, with really bad policies (Open Borders, Sanctuary Cities etc.), but they stick together!”
The Democrats are lucky that they don’t have any Mitt Romney types. They may be lousy politicians, with really bad policies (Open Borders, Sanctuary Cities etc.), but they stick together!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 6, 2019
As the House pushes its impeachment inquiry, which the Trump administration denounced as “illegitimate proceedings,” and refused to comply with, 173 House Republicans, or 88 percent, reunited to back a motion to condemn House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) for his mishandling of the impeachment investigation, reported the Breitbart News.