Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney defends Trump's China trade war tariffs as a "sacrifice"

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) endorsed President Trump's move to further tax Chinese goods, calling it "essential to keep China from continuing to kill our jobs."

"The Chinese don’t write checks to the American treasury. We’re paying for the cost of the tariff. But it’s a sacrifice, I think, which is essential to keep China from continuing to kill our jobs and kill our businesses and employ people.”
— Romney told CNN's Jake Tapper

Romney breaks from GOP over Trump's federal judge nominee who smeared Obama

President Donald Trump and Sen. Mitt Romney
Photo: Drew Angrer, Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images

Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) broke from his fellow conservatives on Tuesday, voting against President Trump's federal judge nominee, Michael J. Truncale, after he vilified former President Obama, calling him an "un-American imposter" in 2011, reports the Washington Post.

Why it matters: Romney was the only voting senator to break from the party line and
vote against the nomination. He has been one of the more vocal Republicans to come out against the president consistently since Trump entered the White House, commenting that Trump has "not risen to the mantle of the office," and in April, saying he was "sickened" by the findings of the Mueller report.