Sen. Mitt Romney, Utah, fired a series of shots at President Trump in an interview broadcast Sunday, saying that part of the president's rhetoric appealed to racism and claimed that under his leadership, the United States had abandoned allied Kurdish fighters in Syria.  Romney, who said he wrote to his wife Anne when he voted in 2016, told HBO's Axios, "The places where I would be most critical of the president would be on issues that divide which seem to be attractive to racism or misogyny, and these are the kinds of things that I think have been the most harmful and long-lasting at the heart of America's virtue. "
He noted that he still voted with Trump 80 percent of the time.
Trump and Romney have argued with regularity in recent years, with Trump regularly referring to Romney's defeat in 201
A few weeks ago, Trump labeled Romney a "pompous" a … who "choked" in his own run for White Ho. Use
"Someone, please wake Mitt Romney," the president tweeted. "If Mitt worked so hard with Obama, he could win. Unfortunately, he choked! "
Earlier this year, Romney wrote a feather pen in which he attacked Trump's behavior and said," he did not rise to the mantle of the office. "
Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts, has become one of the strongest voices on the right to condemn Trump openly.
Romney said he felt like a Republican recluse in light of Trump's rhetoric.
He added in the interview: "People will recognize that character is really important to our leaders and that it is important for our leaders to do things that bring us together that welcome people who come here legally as immigrants who in no way they do not signal to anyone in America that they are less than American because of where their sexual orientation or their race or their religion originated. "
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Romney said the future will not be dear with the legacy of Trumps:" We abandon our friends. "
" Well, of course, the world is looking at people who could potentially be our allies at a critical moment, they say, abs the US will not stay with us. and walking away from the Kurds at one corner of Syria at a critical time when whales coming from Turkey intending to harm them is something that I think would be a very dark place in American history. "
The Trump administration last week helped a broker conclude a 120-hour ceasefire, At that time, forces led by Kurdish forces could withdraw from the approximately 20-mile-wide safe zone of the Turkish-Syrian border. within the recent offensive known as Operation Peaceful Spring, you will stop during this time and the operation itself will be fully completed after the withdrawal of Kurdish exchange rates is completed under the terms of the deal.
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Trump has ordered most of the approximately 1,000 US troops in Syria to withdraw after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said in a telephone interview they are about to invade Syria to repel Kurdish forces, many of whom Turkey considers terrorists.
Between 200 and 300 US troops are expected to remain in al-Tanf's southern Syrian post. Ben Florence contributed to this report.