Since being elected to the Senate in 2018, Mitt Romney (R-Utah) has shown that he’s willing to criticize President Donald Trump when the president steps completely out of bounds. On Friday, the former presidential candidate called out Trump for saying that he wants the Ukrainians and Chinese to investigate Joe Biden (D).
In a string of tweets, Romney said that Trump’s request “strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated.” In a follow-up tweet, he added, “By all appearances, the President’s brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling.”
By all appearances, the President’s brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) October 4, 2019
Romney’s tweets followed a Thursday appearance outside the White House in which Trump called on both Ukraine and China to investigate his political opponent.
In his remarks, Trump said that Ukraine should “investigate the Bidens.” Moments later, he added, “China should start an investigation into the Bidens. Because what happened in China is just about as bad as what happened with Ukraine.” He continued, “If it were me, I would recommend that they start an investigation into the Bidens.”
Here’s that clip:
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) October 3, 2019
Trump is catching heat and giving the impeachment probe fuel after a White House summary of his phone call with the Ukrainian president showed him saying, “I would like you to do us a favor though,” and asking the foreign leader to investigate his political rival.
That worsened on Thursday night when a House Committee released text messages between two Trump aides and in which one of his diplomats wrote: “Are we now saying that security assistance and WH meeting are conditioned on investigations?”
The president has insisted that he did nothing wrong. He says that there was nothing wrong in his conversation with the Ukrainians and that he is actually the victim of a massive “witch hunt” orchestrated by the Democrats.