Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel lambasted her uncle, incoming Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah), for an op-ed in which he criticized President Donald Trump. She called the piece "disappointing and unproductive."
What did Mitt Romney say?
In an op-ed that was published Tuesday in the Washington Post, Romney wrote that "Trump's words and actions have caused dismay around the world." Romney argued that overall Trump's "conduct over the past two years, particularly his actions last month, is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office."
Romney promised that as a senator he would not oppose Trump's entire agenda, but that he would "act as I would with any president, in or out of my party: I will support policies that I believe are in the best interest of the country and my state, and oppose those that are not."
Nevertheless, he said, he would "speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions."
Romney was elected to the Senate following the retirement of Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).
What did McDaniel say?
On Wednesday morning, Trump tweeted his criticism of Romney, saying that he should "focus on Border Security" and be a "TEAM player."
Within two hours, McDaniel had quote tweeted Trump's response to Romney, joining in the criticism of her uncle, whom she referred to as "an incoming Republican freshman senator."
POTUS is attacked and obstructed by the MSM media and Democrats 24/7. For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack @realdonaldtrump as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive. https://t.co/ArhI7Bi7bo
— Ronna McDaniel (@GOPChairwoman) January 2, 2019
McDaniel, who used to go by Ronna Romney McDaniel, is the daughter of Mitt Romney's older brother, Scott. According to the Washington Post, McDaniel stopped using the Romney name professionally at the request of Trump.