Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyMilley discussed resigning from post after Trump photo-op: report Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Attorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury MORE (R-Utah), one of the more frequent Republican critics of President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE, may not endorse the president for a second term next year, saying Friday he may stay out of the 2020 race altogether.
“I don’t think endorsements are worth a thimble of spit,” Romney told reporters in Utah, according to The Associated Press. “I wouldn’t be surprised if I stay out of the endorsements.”
Romney, who was the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, has had a fraught relationship with Trump at times during the latter’s political career. In 2016, when Trump won the White House, Romney wrote his wife’s name on his ballot.
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The Utah Republican said Friday it’s still too early to issue any official endorsements, though he said while “it’s not a sure thing” he believes Trump is likely to win reelection in 2020 in part due to a strong economy.
Romney has voiced support for some of Trump’s policies, including his sweeping tax cut plan in 2017 and Supreme Court nominations, though the Utah Republican has emerged as a fierce critic of the president’s rhetoric and trade policies.
“I have and will continue to speak out when the president says or does something which is divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions,” Romney wrote in an op-ed last year. “I do not make this a daily commentary; I express contrary views only when I believe it is a matter of substantial significance.”