Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday described Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT)’s decision to not run for re-election as “fantastic news for America.”
Trump wrote on his Truth Social that Romney did not serve his term at the Senate with distinction.
FANTASTIC NEWS FOR AMERICA,THE GREAT STATE OF UTAH, & FOR THE REPUBLICAN PARTY. MITT ROMNEY, SOMETIMES REFERRED TO AS PIERRE DELECTO, WILL NOT BE SEEKING A SECOND TERM IN THE U.S. SENATE, WHERE HE DID NOT SERVE WITH DISTINCTION. A BIG PRIMARY FIGHT AGAINST HIM WAS IN THE OFFING,… pic.twitter.com/x5oM92F1NY
— Donald J. Trump Posts From His Truth Social (@TrumpDailyPosts) September 13, 2023
“Fantastic news for America, the great state of Utah [and] for the Republican party. Mitt Romney, sometimes referred to as Pierre Delecto, will not be seeking a second term in the U.S. Senate, where he did not serve with distinction,” Trump wrote, referencing the pseudonym Romney used for a private Twitter account. “A big primary fight against him was in the offing, but now that will not be necessary. Congrats to all. Make America great again!” Trump wrote.
Romney announced on Wednesday that he would not be seeking re-election, adding that it was time for a “new generation of leaders” to shape public policy. Romney cited his age as one of the reasons he would not be seeking re-election, noting that he would be in his mid-80s at the end of another term.
Romney bashed President Joe Biden and Trump in his statement calling for new leadership to take America to the next stage.
“We face critical challenges — mounting national debt, climate change, and the ambitious authoritarians of Russia and China,” Romney said in a statement. “Neither President Biden nor former President Trump are leading their party to confront them. On the deficits and debt, both men refuse to address entitlements even though they represent two-thirds of federal spending. Donald Trump calls global warming a hoax and President Biden offers feel-good solutions that will make no difference to the global climate. On China, President Biden underinvests in the military and President Trump underinvests in our alliances. Political motivations too often impede the solutions that these challenges demand. The next generation of leaders must take America to the next stage of global leadership.”
Romney added that, even though he would not be seeking re-election, he would not be retiring and would remain a senator until the end of his current term.