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Trump Slams Incoming Senator by Insulting an Outgoing One

'Is he a Flake?' president tweets after Mitt Romney's biting 'WaPo' op-ed about Trump
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 2, 2019 8:23 AM CST
President Trump in the Oval Office on Dec. 21, 2018, in Washington.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

(Newser) – It was just a matter of time before President Trump responded to Utah Sen.-elect Mitt Romney's very public rebuke, and Wednesday morning brings our answer, per the Hill. The president tweeted, "Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake?," referring to outgoing Arizona Sen. Jeff Flake, known for his own criticism of Trump. "I hope not," Trump continued in his tweet. "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!"

Although Romney's opinion piece gave the president props for certain policy initiatives, it took him to task for his "glaring" shortcomings, particularly in regard to "presidential leadership in qualities of character." Whether Romney responds to Trump remains to be seen: In his op-ed, he noted, "I do not intend to comment on every tweet or fault." (Last summer, Romney predicted Trump would be "reelected solidly.")

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