Republican Sen. Susan Collins (Maine) said on Saturday it was “completely inappropriate” for President Trump to urge China to investigate former Vice President Biden and his son, Hunter Biden, in front of White House reporters on Thursday.
“I thought the president made a big mistake by asking China to get involved in investigating a political opponent. … It’s completely inappropriate,” Collins told the Bangor Daily News.
“China should start an investigation into the Bidens,” Trump said in front of cameras on the White House South Lawn.
Trump added that he had not explicitly asked Chinese President Xi Jinping to open such a probe but that it’s “certainly something we can start thinking about.”
Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) said in a statement on Thursday night that “Americans don’t look to Chinese commies for the truth.”
Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) on Thursday called Trump’s rhetoric “wrong and appalling” and said it “strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated.”
Trump lashed out at Romney on Saturday morning, calling him a “pompous ‘ass'” and calling for his impeachment.
In a pair of tweets, Trump argued that the Utah Republican should be removed from office and that former Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.), another Trump frequent critic, was “better” than Romney.
“I’m hearing that the Great People of Utah are considering their vote for their Pompous Senator, Mitt Romney, to be a big mistake. I agree! He is a fool who is playing right into the hands of the Do Nothing Democrats! #IMPEACHMITTROMNEY,” Trump tweeted.
“No Kevin, Jeff Flake is better!” he added, responding to Fox News reporter Kevin Corke’s tweet questioning whether Romney was “the new #JeffFlake.”
I’m hearing that the Great People of Utah are considering their vote for their Pompous Senator, Mitt Romney, to be a big mistake. I agree! He is a fool who is playing right into the hands of the Do Nothing Democrats! #IMPEACHMITTROMNEY
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 5, 2019
“Somebody please wake up Mitt Romney and tell him that my conversation with the Ukrainian President was a congenial and very appropriate one, and my statement on China pertained to corruption, not politics. If Mitt worked this hard on Obama, he could have won. Sadly, he choked!” Trump tweeted hours earlier.
Then, Trump continued, “Mitt Romney never knew how to win. He is a pompous ‘ass’ who has been fighting me from the beginning, except when he begged me for my endorsement for his Senate run (I gave it to him), and when he begged me to be Secretary of State (I didn’t give it to him). He is so bad for R’s!”