Mitt Romney already planning for a post-Trump Republican era: 'The president will not be the president forever'
Romney, a vocal critic of Trump despite being from the same party, had also denounced the president's withdrawal of troops from Syria.
Republican Utah Senator Mitt Romney has said he is already planning for a post-Trump Republican era, adding that Trump is not going to be the president forever.
The senator, while talking to The Atlantic, said: "The president will not be the president forever. Berating another person, or calling them names, or demeaning a class of people, not telling the truth - those are not private things. If during the campaign you pay a porn star $130,000, that now comes into the public domain."
Romney, a vocal critic of Trump despite being from the same party, had also denounced the president's withdrawal of troops from Syria earlier this month, and had deemed the move a "bloodstain on the annals of American history."
"The decision to abandon the Kurds violates one of our most sacred duties. It strikes at American honor. What we have done to the Kurds will stand as a blood stain in the annals of American history", Romney had said.
Trump had even reciprocated Romney's disdain as he called the Republican senator "pompous," a "fool" on Twitter with a hashtag "#IMPEACHMITTROMNEY."
Romney, while speaking to the outlet over the weekend, said it is a "critical time" in America. "I hope that what I'm doing will open the way for people to take a different path," he added.
The senator, who ran for a 2012 presidential bid against Barack Obama, said he is not eyeing the presidency again, and instead was working on how to shape the Republican party post-Trump. "We have to get young people and Hispanics and African Americans to vote Republican", he said.
"My life is not defined in my own mind by political wins and losses," added the lawmaker. "You know, I had my career in business, I've got my family, my faith — that's kind of my life, and this is something I do to make a difference."
Romney, earlier this month, had also spoken in defense of the Democratic 2020 contender Joe Biden against Trump's request from Ukraine and China to probe his son Hunter Biden.
"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 wrote on Twitter. "By all appearances, the President's brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling."