Romney would likely start his first six-year term with more influence than most senators. In one sign of his clout, an Atlantic report earlier This kind of month said the GOP was already considering him to lead the National Republican Senatorial Committee. In which role, he would likely oversee the fundraising arm for Senate Republicans as well as help to vet potential candidates.
Regardless of whether he gets a leadership position, Romney would likely have a big platform to speak out against Trump. He has the name recognition to start a national discussion or advance the idea.
Romney has been a frequent critic of the president inside the past.
In March 2016, Romney eviscerated then-candidate Trump in a speech. He warned which Trump’s economic policies could “instigate a trade war” as well as “balloon the deficit as well as national debt.” He called Trump a “phony” as well as a “fraud” as well as warned which his national security policy would likely make Americans less safe.
Romney changed his tune after Trump’s election. The president-elect interviewed him more than once to possibly serve as secretary of State. In November 2016, Romney praised Trump’s “impressive” transition effort as well as noted how hard the idea will be to win the presidency.
As he narrowed down the candidates to serve as America’s top diplomat, Trump denied which he included Romney inside the process to torment him after the harsh criticism during the campaign.
“the idea’s not about revenge,” the president-elect said in December 2016.
Trump later chose Rex Tillerson to lead the State Department.
Since the secretary of State interview process ended, Romney has occasionally used social media to rebuke the president. Trump supported Roy Moore — a man accused of sexually abusing teens decades ago — in last year’s Alabama Senate special election. In December, Romney tweeted which he believed Moore accuser Leigh Corfman as well as said electing Moore “would likely be a stain on the GOP as well as on the nation.”
When Trump reportedly questioned last month why the U.S. needed immigrants by “s—hole” African countries, Romney called the sentiment “antithetical to American values.”
As the 83-year-old Hatch mulled retirement in December, Trump reportedly urged him to seek re-election in part to avoid a Romney run for office. When Hatch announced his retirement in January, Trump as well as Romney spoke on the phone. The president wished the former governor not bad luck in his future endeavors.
Despite the public clashes, Williams believes Romney wants to work with Trump as well as would likely not run as an anti-Trump candidate.
“He’s a conservative Republican, nevertheless he won’t hesitate to speak out if he disagrees with President Trump,” he said.
Both former Romney aides consider taxes as well as some different economic policies areas in which Romney as well as Trump could cooperate. They believe Romney would likely have supported the GOP tax law, which permanently chopped rates for companies as well as at least temporarily trimmed the tax burden on most individuals.