Romney Rejects Trump Over Biden for Future Leadership

Written by Henrik Rothen

Feb.29 - 2024 3:30 PM CET

Romney Rejects Trump Over Biden for Future Leadership.

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Senator Mitt Romney (R-Utah) has emphatically stated his refusal to support former President Donald Trump in a potential electoral showdown against President Joe Biden, citing significant concerns over Trump's foreign policy stance and questions of character.

Character and Policy: Romney's Dual Criteria

In a conversation with CNN's Kaitlan Collins on "The Source," Romney articulated the twin pillars guiding his decision-making regarding presidential leadership: policy alignment and personal character.

The senator underscored the paramount importance of character in shaping the nation's identity and its standing on the global stage.

"The character of our leaders, including presidents, as well as that of everyday Americans like parents and educators, has propelled the United States to its leading position in the world," Romney observed.

Divergence on Policy

While acknowledging some alignment with Trump's domestic policies, Romney highlighted a stark divergence in their foreign policy views. He specifically criticized Trump's undue respect for foreign adversaries, notably Russian President Vladimir Putin, as a point of contention. Romney's assessment reflects a broader concern for the implications of Trump's foreign policy approach, which he fears could isolate the United States and erode its global leadership role.

Romney's Stance on Trump's Electability

Contrary to Nikki Haley, Trump's competitor in the GOP primary, who doubts Trump's electability against Biden, Romney conceded that Trump might indeed secure victory if the election were held today. However, he warned that such an outcome would signal a profound shift in U.S. foreign policy and its international leadership role, potentially casting America as "an isolated island" rather than the "shining city on a hill."

Romney's stance is consistent with his history of critiquing the former president. Notably, he was the first senator in U.S. history to vote to convict a president from his own party during Trump's first impeachment trial and continued to express his dissent by voting to convict in the second impeachment trial. Although these trials did not culminate in Trump's conviction, they underscore Romney's longstanding concerns about Trump's leadership and its impact on America's character and global standing.

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