Sen. Elect Mitt Romney was hopeful in the early days of the Trump presidency that the President would rise to the mantle of the office. While Romney praises core policy achievements like tax and regulation cuts, he says ‘A president should demonstrate the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect.’ In this respect, Romney feels the President’s ‘shortfall has been most glaring’ both domestically and internationally.
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Mitt Romney, a Utah Republican and a 2012 party presidential nominee, will be sworn in to the US Senate on Thursday.
The Trump presidency made a deep descent in December. The departures of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and White House Chief of Staff John F. Kelly, the appointment of senior persons of lesser experience, the abandonment of allies who fight beside us, and the president’s thoughtless claim that America has long been a “sucker” in world affairs all defined his presidency down.
It is well known that Donald Trump was not my choice for the Republican presidential nomination. After he became the nominee, I hoped his campaign would refrain from resentment and name-calling. It did not. When he won the election, I hoped he would rise to the occasion. His early appointments of Rex Tillerson, Jeff Sessions, Nikki Haley, Gary Cohn, H.R. McMaster, Kelly and Mattis were encouraging. But, 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.
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