Romney 'Can't Understand' Trump's Attacks on McCain

He praises 'exemplary' senator
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 20, 2019 3:11 AM CDT
Updated Mar 20, 2019 3:33 AM CDT
Sen. Mitt Romney smiles during a mock swearing in ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2019, as the 116th Congress begins.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
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(Newser) – The Republican Party's 2012 presidential nominee isn't happy about what the 2016 candidate is saying about the 2008 nominee. In a tweet Tuesday night, Sen. Mitt Romney wondered why President Trump had renewed his attacks on John McCain seven months after the Arizona senator's death, USA Today reports. "I can’t understand why the President would, once again, disparage a man as exemplary as my friend John McCain: heroic, courageous, patriotic, honorable, self-effacing, self-sacrificing, empathetic, and driven by duty to family, country, and God," Romney said.

Trump attacked McCain on issues including ObamaCare repeal in tweets over the weekend and doubled down on Tuesday despite criticism from lawmakers from both parties, Fox reports. "I was never a fan of John McCain, and I never will be," the president said during a White House meeting with Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro. Before his death from brain cancer in August, the 81-year-old McCain regularly clashed with Trump, and some Republicans have suggested Romney could play a similar role by standing up to the president when necessary, the Hill reports. (Read more Mitt Romney stories.)

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