Former presidential candidate and a Republican senator-elect in Utah Mitt Romney has written a scathing op-ed for the Washington Post, saying that President Donald Trump “has not risen to the mantle of the office,” Fox News informed.
Romney’s op-ed just renewed some past concerns of the author about the President. Although Trump was his first choice for the Republican Party’s presidential nominee in 2016, he thought that the billionaire businessman would “rise to the occasion” to lead and unite the U.S.
However, he stated that the Trump’s actions have proven otherwise.
“… 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,” Romney wrote.
Romney also said that the President should be uniting the country and inspiring millions of American citizens. He should demonstrate “the essential qualities of honesty and integrity, and elevate the national discourse with comity and mutual respect.”
“As a nation, we have been blessed with presidents who have called on the greatness of the American spirit,” he wrote. “With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring.”
The former Massachusetts Mayor noted that the world always saw U.S. as the leader of the free world and that it still needs its leadership, but that Trump’s “words and actions have caused a dismay around the world.”
“To reassume our leadership in world politics, we must repair failings in our politics at home. That project begins, of course, with the highest office once again acting to inspire and unite us,” Romney wrote in the op-ed. He added that, “Our leaders must defend our vital institutions despite their inevitable failings: a free press, the rule of law, strong churches, and responsible corporations and unions.”