Sen. Mitt Romney did not mince words when asked about President Donald Trumpâs continuing efforts to overturn his loss to Democrat Joe Biden.
âItâs really sad and in a lot of respects embarrassing,â said Romney, R-Utah, who made the rounds on the Sunday morning political talk show circuit. âHeâs leaving Washington with a whole series of conspiracy theories and things that are so nutty and loopy that people are shaking their heads, wondering what in the world has gotten into this man.â
GOP Sen. Mitt Romney on Pres. Trump’s latest efforts to overturn the election: âItâs really sad in a lot of respects and embarrassing … the President could, right now, be writing the last chapter of this administration with a victory lap with regards to the vaccine.â #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/dJdBMOZneW
Romney was a guest on CNNâs âState of the Unionâ and âMeet the Pressâ on NBC Sunday morning, where he discussed a range of pressing political issues.
Romney, who has clashed frequently with the president on a range of issues, said he thinks Trumpâs influence on the GOP will endure even after he leaves office but Romney remains hopeful the party will eventually return to its roots.
âThe party has taken a different course than the one I knew when I was a younger person,â he said. âThe party I knew was very concerned about Russia and Putin and Kim Jong Un and North Korea. We were a party concerned about balancing the budget. We believed in trade with other nations. We were happy to play a leadership role on the world stage. We believed character was essential. Weâve strayed from that and I donât see us returning to that for a long time.â
âOur highest priority is to get help to people who are worried about keeping their job. Getting help to small businesses is critical,â Romney said. âHelping people that are unemployed get an extension of unemployment benefits and housing support.â
House and Senate leaders reached an agreement on a $900 billion relief bill Saturday night. The proposal includes direct payments of $600 to many Americans, a $300 federal weekly unemployment bonus, and another round of small business loans. Thereâs also money for coronavirus testing and vaccine distribution.
Romney was also asked about the massive cyberattack by Russia targeting multiple federal agencies and systems, including the nationâs nuclear arms stockpile. He said the long-term implications from the attack are quite alarming.
âThis is an extraordinarily damaging invasion. You cannot overestimate just how serious this is. They (Russia) basically have the capacity to know everything weâre doing,â he said. âThey potentially have the capacity to cripple us economically. They have the ability to cripple our infrastructure. This is very, very serious.â
….discussing the possibility that it may be China (it may!). There could also have been a hit on our ridiculous voting machines during the election, which is now obvious that I won big, making it an even more corrupted embarrassment for the USA. @DNI_Ratcliffe @SecPompeo
âI was disappointed in the presidentâs comment, but I think weâve come to recognize the president has a blind spot when it comes to Russia,â Romney said. âHe doesnât want to recognize Russia as the problem they are and the extraordinarily bad actor they are on the world stage because it reflects poorly on him, at least in his own mind.â
President Trump has âa blind spot when it comes to Russia and so you can expect that, thatâs the response that he would have,â GOP Sen. Mitt Romney says on Pres. Trump downplaying the suspected Russian cyberattack.Romney says the attack is âextraordinarily severe.â #CNNSOTU pic.twitter.com/sFROJIzzbb
Romney said it would take federal officials months, if not years, to understand and undo the damage from the attack. He added the invasion required a strong response from Washington as soon as possible.
âWe have to have a very clear-eyed approach to how we deal with Russia going forward,â he said. âThis demands a response, but I donât know if we have the capacity to do that in a way that would be of the same scale or even greater scale than what Russia has done to us.â
WATCH: @SenatorRomney says the widespread Russia hack of U.S. agencies “demands a responseâ #MTP #[email protected]: The world knows âwhat we did after the last Russia incursion into our cyberspace. So does Russia. Clearly, that was insufficient for them to take a. dif.â pic.twitter.com/6pNJsjOu8l
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