Failed presidential candidate and current Utah Sen. Mitt Romney just stabbed President Donald Trump in the back again.
While speaking with reporters on Thursday, Romney attacked Trump for saying he would be open to accepting opposition research on his presidential rivals.
Calling his position “simply unthinkable,” Romney also declared that it would be “totally inappropriate” for the president to accept any information from a foreign country.
“Let’s distinguish between a foreign official making an off-hand comment at a dinner about the campaign versus a foreign government trying to influence an election. In the latter case, that would be unthinkable. It would be totally inappropriate, and it would strike at the heart of our democracy,” Romney said.
The Utah Republican added that it would “be wrong and unthinkable that any candidate for president would accept such information.”
Asked if he’s ever accepted dirt from a foreign government, Romney again made it about Trump.
“I’ve run for Senate twice, I’ve run for governor once, I’ve run for president twice, so far as I know we never received any information from any foreign government,” he said, before adding, “We would have immediately informed the FBI.”
Sen. Mitt Romney says it's "simply unthinkable" to accept foreign dirt on rivals: "I ran for president twice. I ran for governor once. I ran for Senate twice. I've never had any attempt made by a foreign government. … Had that occurred I would've contacted the FBI immediately" pic.twitter.com/aL2v5Wfpzs
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) June 13, 2019
Earlier this week, Trump told ABC News during an interview that he would listen to foreign governments if they offered potentially damaging information on his opponent in the upcoming election and may not necessarily notify the FBI.
“I think maybe you do both,” the president said. “I think you might want to listen, there isn’t anything wrong with listening.”
“If somebody called from a country, Norway, [and said] ‘we have information on your opponent’ — oh, I think I’d want to hear it,” he added.
But more importantly, this is hardly the first time Romney has stabbed Trump in the back.
Last week, Romney said he may decline to support Trump for president in 2020, explaining, “I wouldn’t be surprised if I stay out of the endorsements.”
“I don’t think endorsements are worth a thimble of spit,” Romney said.
Last month, Romney was the only Republican senator to vote against a judge nominated by Trump to a powerful federal court.
Romney did so in part to defend the former president because the judge had previously made disparaging comments about Barack Obama.
Before that, Romney joined his Democratic comrades and claimed that he was “sickened” by the findings in the Mueller report, which completely vindicated the president.
In January, on the same day that he was sworn into office, Romney published an op-ed attacking Trump.
Throughout the hit piece, Romney claimed that Trump’s presidency made a “deep descent” and alleged that he “has not risen to the mantle of the office.”
At some point, certain Republicans may want to consider switching parties. Romney would be one of those people.