Trump’s Hits Romney As He Prepares To Retire

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( – The former President, Donald Trump, expressed his approval of Sen. Mitt Romney’s (R-Utah) recent announcement that he will not run for re-election. Trump shared on Truth Social that he sees Romney’s decision as a positive turn for Utah and the Republican Party.

Trump highlighted in his post that Romney, who once used the alias “Pierre Delecto” for a secret Twitter account, will not pursue another Senate term. He mentioned a possible intense primary had Romney decided to run again but said such a contest is now off the table. Ending his post, Trump echoed his familiar phrase, “Make America great again!”

On Wednesday, 76-year-old Romney confirmed his decision to conclude his Senate career when his term wraps up in 2024. He noted his quarter-century in various public service roles, mentioning his age as a factor. “I believe it’s time for younger leadership to step up, as they will inherit the decisions made for their future,” Romney articulated in an official statement.

Many speculated that had Romney decided to run again, he would’ve encountered a challenging primary.

Over the past ten years, the dynamics between Trump and Romney have seen many shifts. Romney appreciated Trump’s support during his 2012 presidential run. However, by 2016, he voiced strong criticisms of Trump, only to later discuss a potential position in Trump’s administration. Trump then supported Romney’s 2018 Senate campaign. But since then, Romney emerged as one of Trump’s major Republican detractors.

It’s notable that in 2020, Romney was the sole Republican senator to vote for Trump’s conviction post-impeachment regarding the Ukraine inquiry. He voted similarly in 2021 after the Capitol events of January 6th, joined by six of his Republican colleagues.

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