Trump trolls Romney with video that contrasts the successes of their presidential bids

Trump trolls Romney with video that contrasts the successes of their presidential bids

Savannah Behrmann

USA TODAY

Published 10:03 PM EDT Sep 23, 2019

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump mocked Senator Mitt Romney, a fellow republican, on twitter for losing the Presidential election seven years ago.

The President’s tweet consists of a video montage containing short clips of 2012 election-night coverage, showing Romney losing to President Barack Obama, and 2016 election-night footage, displaying Trump’s victory over Hillary Clinton, complete with Trump touting of Romney’s 2012 run: “That was a race, I have to say folks, that should have been won.”

While Trump endorsed Romney in his 2012 presidential race, the two clashed frequently during Trump’s run in 2016. During the primaries, Romney delivered a high-profile speech attacking Trump; Trump called Romney a loser.

The two made up after Trump’s win – he interviewed Romney for the Secretary of State job – but have always had an uneasy relationship, especially after Romney won his Senate race.

Though the tweet doesn’t explicitly explain the reasoning, it follows just hours after Romney called for more information surrounding updates from the original Wall Street Journal report that stated Trump repeatedly pressured Ukranian President Zelensky to investigate Hunter Biden, former vice president Joe Biden’s son, during a phone call, and to work with his personal attorney, Rudy Giuliani.  

That phone call is reportedly the subject of a whistleblower complaint by a U.S. intelligence official, according to both the Washington Post and The New York Times.

Saying it is “critical for the facts to come out,” the Utah senator tweeted Sunday: “If the President asked or pressured Ukraine’s president to investigate his political rival, either directly or through his personal attorney, it would be troubling in the extreme.” 

On Sunday, Trump confirmed that he discussed Biden during a phone call on July 25 with Zelensky, saying the “The conversation I had was largely congratulatory.”

However, during a meeting Monday at the United Nations, Trump claimed that he “didn’t do it.” He also said that he hoped people would see a transcript of the call because they would be “very disappointed.”

When asked if the transcript should be given to Congress, Romney answered, “Let’s see the transcript.” 

The prominent GOP senator was one of the first to raise in his party concern over the allegations, and remains one of only a few Republicans that have called the Trump-Ukraine allegations “serious.” 

The video Trump tweeted today is a re-share of a video posted in April of the President saying if Romney “spent the same energy fighting Barack Obama as he does fighting Donald Trump, he could have won the race (maybe)!” after the Utah Senator  “sickened” of the conduct displayed Mueller report. 

Contributing: John Fritze and David Jackson


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