Mitt Romney Calls President Trump’s Pressuring Of Ukraine Leader ‘Appalling’

U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney has revived his feud with President Trump — slamming his calls for Ukraine and China to investigate presidential rival Joe Biden and his family as “wrong and appalling” — in an apparent bid to raise his profile as the leading GOP Never-Trumper in the Senate.

“When the only American citizen President Trump singles out for China’s investigation is his political opponent in the midst of the Democratic nomination process, it strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated,” Romney tweeted Friday. “By all appearances, the President’s brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling.”

Romney is ramping up his criticism of the president as the House of Representatives pursues an impeachment inquiry against Trump.

Romney has a tumultuous history with Trump. After criticizing Trump during the 2016 election, Romney buttered up to the president-elect to become one of the finalists for Secretary of State — only to be publicly bypassed by Trump. Winning a Senate seat in Utah last year, he resumed his attacks on Trump.

“It would be one thing if this was the first time he criticized Trump,” said Republican strategist Ford O’Connell. But, he said, “Romney doesn’t achieve anything by doing this but trying to elevate himself … It only gives the Democrats ammo.”

Read more from Lisa Kashinsky at the Boston Herald

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