Mitt Romney: No regrets about criticizing Trump, but time to recognize his 'strong start'

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  • RedShirt USS Enterprise, UT
    Feb. 8, 2017 11:02 a.m.

    To the liberals out there that think Trump has caused the chaos. You are wrong. Trump did not cause the chaos. Your ilk and especially George Soros are the ones that are inciting the chaos.

    To "Utefan60" I hate to tell you this, but if you think Obama was an amazing President, then using that as a baseline you should be worshiping Trump because so far he is significantly better than Obama. FYI, the stock market is up due to the Feds pumping money out there, and actual unemployment rates are actually higher than reported because people who would like to work have given up. Just look at the labor participation rate, it is at a 40+ year LOW.

    To "Stringer Bell" if Benghazi wasn't a scandal, what do you call LYING to the entire US? Shouldn't lying be considered a scandal, especially when they were caught. Clinton too, keeping a private server and mishandling classified information. Would you really have wanted a person who thought "C" on and email was for cookie?

  • Cheesecake Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 6, 2017 9:55 a.m.

    I voted for Romney in 2012, and until now I've always felt good about it. But seeing Mr. Romney living up to his reputation as "flip flop Mitt" tells me I was mistaken with that vote. Romney was right to criticize Donald Trump during the election, and call out the demagogue Trump is. But to go back on that, to pretend Trump has any redeeming qualities, tells me Romney is just part of the swamp. When Trump is impeached, will Romney continue to stand by him?

  • aware Babb, MT
    Feb. 5, 2017 4:13 p.m.

    Mitt Romney had most Conservative's support in 2012. He lost, but still had respect from most. However, all has changed. His behavior when it was apparent Trump was winning the Primary and continued during the General election - very nastily, following the example of the nefarious Harry Reid with falsehoods - which did not sit well with most. Romney may win Utah because of his LDS connections - but he has lost the rest of the voters - forever. Integrity once lost is never again regained. Utah would do better to find someone of a higher level of behavior and that does not include Evan McCullen (an even bigger hypocrite).

  • MoreMan San Diego, CA
    Feb. 5, 2017 11:34 a.m.

    I issue my strongest possible condemnation to the fact that Mitt Romney isn't the POTUS, Secretary of State, or a Q.70 yet.

  • Tekakaromatagi Dammam, Saudi Arabia
    Feb. 5, 2017 7:51 a.m.

    I agree with Romney. Many people complained in the 1980's that Pres. Reagan's staff would not let "Reagan by Reagan". My hope was that Pres. Trump's staff would be the same and that they would prevent "Trump from being Trump". The executive order on banning people with visas from entering the US was a shock. Apparently, Trump wanted to do more than win the election.

    But I was pleasantly surprised to hear that he told Israel that when they build settlements that it makes it harder for him to help them. I thought that the trade-off between a Democrat and Trump would be that we would preserve our human rights (e.g. freedom of conscience) at the expense of having a president who is a lap-dog for Netanyahu.

    So far we are keeping our human rights and Netanyahu is probably squirming right now. So far we are getting the best of both.

  • Mark Terran Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 11:00 p.m.

    Romney didn't speak "critically" of Trump. Romney didn't cast a mistaken judgment of Trump.

    Rather, Romney slandered Trump. "Here's what I know," Romney prefaced, before asserting -- as fact -- that Trump is a "phony" and a "fraud" and that his promises are "worthless."

    There was nothing of honesty or good faith to it. It remains a true monument to intellectual dishonesty and ill will.

    And what a fine example of Repentance. Not one whit of remorse or regret on Romney's part. Trump, in contrast, publicly apologized for off-color remarks which he made in private on a bus, eleven years ago.

    The nation is fortunate for the Christians across the country who are not driven by greed, who actually believe in and have partaken of the Christian Gospel, and who therefore did not summarily condemn Trump, but instead had a capacity to recognize the good in him, especially as it pertains to the well-being of the country.

  • PHJN25 Springville, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 6:52 p.m.

    I supported Mitt Romney's run for President in 2012. Four years earlier I had supported John McCain.

    Mitt's public criticism about then candidate Trump last year, calling Trump "a fraud and a phony" greatly disturbed me. After Trump was elected, and after both men sat down to dinner together, I felt much better about both of them. I still do.

    Thus far I'm delighted with the job Trump has done as President. He's doing what he said he would do. He's doing what needs to be done.

    Although I did not vote for Obama in 2008 or 2012, my thoughts about him were never made public. I never intend to make them public, either.

    Should Mitt Romney run for Orin Hatch's seat in the U.S. Senate in 2018, I presume it would only be done if the Honorable Orin Hatch decided to retire; I would then vote for Mitt for that Senate seat. I have great faith in the Romney family. The only time I ever questioned my support of Mitt was after he made those unfortunate remarks about Donald Trump.

    All of us, every American citizen, should support our government.

    Thank you Mitt for your part in helping us heal.

  • Disco Vega MoTown, CA
    Feb. 4, 2017 6:33 p.m.

    I hope Mitt just goes's quite obvious he's on the wrong side of the isle. What he did to Trump was unforgivable....if he didn't like the candidate, he should have run against him and made his case...but whining and complaining was unprofessional, and did not help the conservative cause one-iota. -- Please Mitt, just go are muddying the waters. Your time has passed.

  • fight4liberty Herriman, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 4:41 p.m.

    @hughey. You think the chaos is all Trumps fault? Thats a laugh! The liberal progressive movement going on since the late 1800s, who got their steam from the last for POTUSs, think they had the movement all sewn up. Especially with Obamas bold moves that created more divide, segreation, and the identity movement, that has created nothing but chaos. We haven't seen the likes of this since the 70s.

    The Progressives thought they had it in the bag! Their coronation of Hillary! But, they just had a major kick in the teeth when they lost the election. They thought the conservatives were just going to roll over a play dead like they always do, just like they did in 2012. What they didn't count on? Waking up the Conservative Sleeping Giants.

    So now the progressives and their George Soros funded anarchists are going to make sure all hell breaks out, while they regroup!

    Welcome to the new fight! The conservatives are fighting fire with fire! The conservatives want their country back! Theres that old saying, " I never said it was going to be easy, just worth it!

  • Thomas Thompson SALT LAKE CITY, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 4:35 p.m.

    Mitt Romney is sounding more and more like the reincarnation of Harold Stassen.

  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Feb. 4, 2017 4:17 p.m.

    Hey payara -

    "The 1st person to be elected to the presidency while running against the "bought and sold" Democratic and Republican parties. "

    COOL! More Alternate Facts!

    Let's back to actual factual facts, shall we?

    Trump is the first illegitimate President of the United States. He is the first President installed into power with the help of our nation's "greatest geopolitical foe.

    THAT is a fact.

    RE: " Doing exactly what he said he would do. "

    Wrong again.

    Trump cannot do what he said he would do, because so much of what he said he would do is undoable under the laws of this nation and under the laws of physics.

    Donald (I love the poorly educated) Trump has become the Fairy God Mother of our nation's poorly educated.

    But guess what! Fairy Godmothers are not real!

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    Feb. 4, 2017 4:09 p.m.

    "The campaign is over," Romney said."

    So is your political career. Criticize Trump and then embarrassed by him during Sec. of State "interviews" and now claiming he's off to a great start.

    Utah is close to being done with Hatch; no need for another one. Time to hang it up.

  • Stringer Bell Henderson, NV
    Feb. 4, 2017 4:03 p.m.

    @Herbert Gravy

    "No scandals? Ever heard of Benghazi?

    Not to mention his Secretary of State's private server, destroyed emails, etc. Right. "No scandals". "

    - Benghazi was a made up "scandal" by the Republicans.
    - Trump and many of his close White House staff are currently using their own private servers and e-mail/text providers. Where's your outrage over that?

  • scrappy do DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 3:30 p.m.

    Great another RINO

    The last thing we need

  • JSB Sugar City, ID
    Feb. 4, 2017 3:29 p.m.

    It's interesting to read how many people are desperate to discredit Mitt Romney. When Romney criticized Trump I agreed with him and didn't vote for him. But, even after the criticism and the election, Trump still recognized Romney's potential and tried to get Romney to become Secretary of State. He tried, but Romney declined. Romney is honest enough to admit that Trump is doing better than he expected he would. I feel the same way. Why all the Romney bashing?

  • JoeBlow Far East USA, SC
    Feb. 4, 2017 3:20 p.m.

    Wow. Talk about jumping the gun. We just had the kickoff. It is early early in the first quarter.

    Isn't just a tad early to characterize Trumps presidency? There is a long long way to go.

    The comment pertains to both Right and Left.

  • water rocket Magna, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 2:31 p.m.

    I think Romney would make a great Utah governor, but he is more likely to run for the senate to replace Hatch. Either way, I would vote for him.

  • Sion Knoxville, TN
    Feb. 4, 2017 1:37 p.m.

    Mitt who??

    Trump needs to keep fighting. We need him to clean the swamp. GO!!

  • Light and Liberty St. George/Washington, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 1:27 p.m.

    Mitt Romney, to quote Napoleon Dynamite, 'has skills'. I would vote for Mitt as Senator. He has the potential to become a great leader. He showed some promise as Governor of Massachusetts, blew it with Ted Kennedy for Senator (because he forgot to stand up for something called 'life' regardless of government compulsion to do otherwise), did an awesome job of running the Olympics, has a great heritage, a man of integrity with room to improve. He should run for Senator. He learned something from his misstep with Trump! Go Trump!

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Feb. 4, 2017 1:26 p.m.


    No scandals? Ever heard of Benghazi?

    What about his IRS staff? Lois Lerner?

    Not to mention his Secretary of State's private server, destroyed emails, etc. Right. "No scandals"

  • glacierlake3 Provo, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 12:17 p.m.

    So Donald Trump comes out as a ninja player and not a unifier. the wealthier entrepreneurs like his play to some degree unless it takes them down. and most American are not NinJa players. Of course for those who are it will be like old times and a lot of confusion. Unifiers are what it takes to hold the USA Together. As far as I am concerned Donald trumps strong start may have already given the Chinese the IMF preferred lender status and number 1 in wealth.

  • Third try screen name Mapleton, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 11:54 a.m.

    What a perfect venue. Mitt was celebrating the past. We sure were great 15 years ago, weren't we?

    And boy-oh-boy, we had great plans for the GOP 18 months ago when all the money met with me in Park City for a screen test. That was really something.

    What Mitt ought to be doing is packing up his grandchildren and moving to Canada or Belize or wherever the grass is greener.

    Mitt backed the wrong horse.

    He failed as a candidate. He failed as a party kingmaker.

    All he's got is the past.

  • Joan Watson TWIN FALLS, ID
    Feb. 4, 2017 11:33 a.m.

    One hopes that Mitt Romney will be a great influence by staying close and involved in the political arena. We need good men and true to run for political office. As for President Trump - at this point he has chosen, in Warren Buffets words his "whole hearted" approval of the men and women chosen to be in his cabinet. Pres Trump is keeping his word to what he would strive to do as President. One is more concerned and dismayed at all the strident fury and frenzy, those opposed to the President, are making. So many lies, and disrespect speaks badly for our nation.

  • Utahn in youth Woodbridge, CT
    Feb. 4, 2017 11:28 a.m.

    Light and Liberty--I appreciate your desire for less government. That's a valid position to take. The immediate problem, however, is the individual who has been now elected president. Aside from the chaos and uncertainly he has already caused, he will not bring economic benefit and greater security to the United States, but just the opposite, largely through his profound incompetence and inability to cooperate with others. Donald Trump thinks only about Donald Trump. That if nothing else is a recipe for disaster.

  • Homer1 MIDVALE, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 11:27 a.m.

    Come on, Mitt--you did great with your strong criticism of an unqualified and unfit candidate for president. So he won anyways, but that doesn't mean that now there are no valid criticisms or that we shouldn't say anything at all. That just plays into the authoritarian direction of this presidency. You can be a statesman and leader even without sucking up to the authority. Even saying nothing is a valid option. Honestly, he signed some papers in fancy notebooks--that doesn't equal a strong start.

  • eastcoastcoug Danbury, CT
    Feb. 4, 2017 11:19 a.m.

    "Strong" is the adjective I use to describe something that reeks, as in 'What is that strong smell?'

    So in that sense, yes, Trump is off to a very, very 'strong' start.

  • payara OREM, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 11:07 a.m.

    No Regrets?

    Good one, funny guy. Bet you wished you had kept your mouth shut for just that one day.

    Trump. The 1st person to be elected to the presidency while running against the "bought and sold" Democratic and Republican parties. Doing exactly what he said he would do. Not a community organizer or politician. Keep shaming him and hard working Americans and we will keep voting your sorry butts out.

  • Herbert Gravy Salinas, CA
    Feb. 4, 2017 10:50 a.m.

    Hey Gary I

    Please tell us how President Trump is doing anything different than your man Mr. O.

    Just a different phone and a different pen. Seems to have paid attention during the right year Obama "tutorial".😁

  • dmcvey Los Angeles, CA
    Feb. 4, 2017 10:44 a.m.

    I guess one man's strong start is another man's disaster. I think it's sad to see how easily Republicans who were opposed to Trump are now pandering to him.

  • Back Talk Federal Way, WA
    Feb. 4, 2017 10:37 a.m.

    Very disappointed in Romney. He should have stayed a critic of Trump going away from good Moderate Republican principles and values.

    Immigration order is a good example. Way over the top in its design and incompetently rolled out.

    Trump's ego will get him to do something against a court order and get him impeached before this is all over.

  • Sugar not salt Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 10:21 a.m.

    I was a Mitt fan during the 2008 election not because he was a Mormon but because I saw how he turned around the 2002 Olympics. Like "BYUalum" I was not impressed by his comments in 2016 about Trump. Trump was able to accomplish what Mitt couldn't.

    For those who view Mitt as Flip, I tend to disagree. When elected to a public office you are serving the region that elected you. The fact that he represented Massachusetts different than he would have represented Utah makes sense to me. And when put in the national position one is representing a broader market than Utah. I value someone who can put their personal opinions aside and represent the people based on the people he represents. Only a dictator would expect the rest of the world to take on their values.

    Likewise Romney may be savvy enough to realize that now that Trump is president he will have more influence using sugar than salt. We need to listen to each other rather than banter with each other. As I listen to Mike Pence speak I value Trump's ability to recognize the strengths of others I believe this is the beginning to a stronger Republican Party.
    Recognize good whenever you can!

  • whatsup1 Kekaha, HI
    Feb. 4, 2017 10:18 a.m.

    It still amazes me the loyalty our politicians show to their party. I hope republicans start standing up to "president" Trump or we will soon have democrats wining every election, I still hasve faith in our democratic process even sfter the fiasco of 2016. It's time to be loyal to America not political parties

  • There You Go Again St George, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 9:58 a.m.

    Which Mitt?

    We should support your iPOTUS and stop whining?

    In 2008 and 2012, Cons supported the POTUS?


  • GaryO Virginia Beach, VA
    Feb. 4, 2017 9:53 a.m.

    “No regrets about criticizing Trump?”

    So, in other words . . . Mitt Romney reaffirms that Donald J Trump is indeed a “fraud” and a “phony.” And this fraud and phony has "obviously gotten off to a very strong start.”

    I agree.

    Now it is up to patriotic Americans to fight this malevolent Putin puppet every step of the way, and prevent him from doing significant damage to this nation.

    The man is trying to trample the Constitution. And yes, I know, Trump supporters (including the Russians) are more than happy about it.

    A Russian pawn occupies the White House. It's time for Americans to resist this occupation and those quislings and collaborators who support it.

  • DonO Draper, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 9:51 a.m.

    Romney's name is being mentioned more often as a 2018 US Senate candidate. His not denying interest throws fuel on the fire. If he runs...whether or not Hatch breaks his promise and goes again...he'll win. He has so much stroke in this state that he'd crush anyone and everyone else who might run.

  • bamafone Salem, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 9:45 a.m.

    The Deseret news seems to have a fixation with Romney. Trump will do the job Romney could never do, and that will be a good thing for America.

  • Peter1 North Salt Lake, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 9:27 a.m.

    Romney, my question to you is, "Was Trump a different man in 2012 when you begged and were grateful for his endorsement and he gave you millions of dollars?"

  • Laura Bilington Maple Valley, WA
    Feb. 4, 2017 9:09 a.m.

    It certainly was a strong start. But the best is yet to come. After you jump off the cliff, you fall faster [and farther] than you ever imagined.

  • unrepentant progressive Bozeman, MT
    Feb. 4, 2017 8:57 a.m.

    Mr Romney, who I believe would have been a superb Secretary of State for Mr Trump, is still not showing the kind of resolve that may have made him a better candidate for President. All Presidential aspirants waffle, and hedge their opinions to avoid offending. (Well, obviously Mr Trump violates this observation, though he has changed his tune on some issues now that he occupies the White House.) However, after correctly noting that Mr Trump had neither the temperament nor the character to be a good President, Mr Romney seems to be waffling yet again. One would think that a man of such riches and talents would not need to kowtow to an obvious twitter bully. Oh well, wasted talent.

    And by the way, how did the comment about Democrats becoming a regional party get into this thread? This is about Mr Romney and his apparent change of heart to Mr Trump. I have been censored for what was considered extraneous comments deemed off point. Being to the left, are your comments more scrupulously edited?

  • christoph Brigham City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 8:54 a.m.

    Romney is correct, Trump has changed from spring of 2016 to 2017. He is more professional since winning. Our current president knows in his heart of hearts, that religious people, are not the unhappy ones.

  • hahnenbergerwk salt lake city, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 8:51 a.m.

    To campeyknows
    Republicans and conservatives claim to love the constitution. Trump has thrown reporters out of meetings for questioning him, he is eliminating the separation of church and state and questioning the rights of those that disagree with him. It is a Muslim ban he just doesn't have the balls to include the powerful nations. How did that raid in Yemen go?

  • dharrisc spokane, WA
    Feb. 4, 2017 8:51 a.m.

    mr. romney ...

    i believe mr. gorsuch is not such a wonderful choice for a sc judgeship; he's not *superb,* he holds nazi ties and associates with his *Fascism-Forever-Club* ... added to steven bannon and you have nazi sympathizers, racist, bogoted attitudes both in the wh and the supreme court ... maybe look a little further into mr. gorsuch and not be so forthcoming with compliments .....

  • Bountiful Guy Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 8:48 a.m.

    I cannot believe all the comments that say there's a Muslim ban. It shows that anti-Trumpeters don't read.

    Trump urged Obama to get a stronger vetting process in place - even to get one at all. Obama refused to increase the safety of Americans by doing as suggested. Obama won't do anything careful about him Muslim brothers. The so-called Muslim ban is a temporary suspension while a vetting program can be implemented prior to resuming refugee immigration. Had Obama acted, Trump wouldn't have had to. I feel safer under Trump than under Obama by a long shot. Israel is safer under Trump. I wish Obama had acted. He didn't. I also wish Trump would have chosen to place the temporary suspension only for the time it takes to create and implement vetting, instead of 90 days. I hope he can get it done very soon.

    Mitt thought nothing of the SCOTUS future. He was wrong, again. I wish President Trump well. He'll learn faster than Obama ever did, I hope.

  • at long last. . . Kirksville , MO
    Feb. 4, 2017 8:48 a.m.

    It is time for Romney to sink into obscurity and leave the outside world alone. He has become very tiresome to hear about repeatedly in the DN. It is sort of like Jimmer stories - tiresome stories about expired "15 minutes of fame" types.

  • Meter Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 8:45 a.m.

    Utahn in Youth

    The Germans are so confused about who, and what they are, that everything they say needs to be taken with a grain of salt.

    The German government attempted to cover up the Cologne rape attacks. Then Merkel did a total flip flop on her immigration stance. The German people understand the value of tight border security, your assessment of their country is off base buddy.

  • military mom Herriman, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 8:45 a.m.

    "A strong start..." Really? From my perspective, here's a summary of the strong start of Trump and company: Trump speaks as if Frederick Douglas is still alive and compliments him for doing a great job; his nominee for Education Secretary opposes a gun ban in schools because of the need to defend against grizzlies; his right hand woman bemoans the fact that the Bolling Green massacre was not covered by the press (even though she misspoke, the incident she references was covered in detail when it occurred); Trump tweets immediately after a French soldier was injured in a terrorist incident but says nothing regarding the murder of 6 Muslims during evening prayers at a Quebec mosque...and those are just the small things!He and his minions have managed to confuse and alienate our allies and embolden our adversaries in less than two, Mitt, you were right in your assessment of Trump from the beginning. The mystery is why more Republican leaders have not expressed their dismay over this disconcerting, chaotic, embarrassing, frightening start toTrump's presidency.

  • Light and Liberty St. George/Washington, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 8:45 a.m.

    Utahnyouth: I know how most of Europe will/is responding to Trump. They are responding the same way the progressives are responding here in America. Absolute fear of having to live without the coddling hand of big government to tell them they are wonderful just the way they are. Trump's the first President in 40 years that decided to through his lot with those that actually do the work of raising families, working for a living, and that believe in the Constitution as it was written, not as a feeling that changes with your whim. Europe, and Germany, is going to go through fits, just like Brexit, because they can't lean on America for coddling and must stand on their own, something new to some Americans as well. As I said, with all the screaming by progressives, he must be doing something good. It has been a half century and longer that someone actually had the guts to stand up to this garbage.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 8:35 a.m.

    Mitt must have misspoken.

    I'm sure he meant to say "wrong start" instead of "strong start."

  • skeptic Phoenix, AZ
    Feb. 4, 2017 8:34 a.m.

    Mitt like all politicians, if one has the money just shower it under their nose with a little praise and they will come around, and start singing your song. And if you don't have the money, well then you are just another dupe of the politicians. So far both Mitt and Donald are smothering the people with their duplicity.

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 8:18 a.m.

    Mitt's wealth, race, and gender pretty much shield him from the chaos of Trump's initial executive orders -- but give it time. Wait till Trump moves to do something that will threaten Mitt's family, religion or wealth. We'll see the return of the ol' Mitt. .

    Young people have been accused of becoming apathetic to politics and social causes, but if anything, Trump's rise to power has ignited a renewed passion of civic engagement from protest to the celebration of American values that have made America great.

    Trump supporters may be cheering the Wall, his offensiveness to our allies, and his desire to be friends with Putin -- but in the end, the chaos he's creating on the world stage is awaking a sleeping giant in America that will see America advance even further toward a globalized, socially-aware, and more inclusive society. Watch Mitt join that movement next!

  • one vote Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 8:17 a.m.

    This is a position to avoid a twitter rant attack.

  • Utefan60 Salt Lake City, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 8:06 a.m.

    Light and Liberty - St. George/Washington, UT, so the ends justifies the means? We just had 8 years of an amazing President with class and dignity, and no scandals. Stock market rebounded after the last GOP regime. Unemployment was cut in half, our youth are not being killed in false wars, and millions have been able to have health care. My 401-k rebounded and allowed me to retrieve the massive losses I suffered under President Bush.

    Yet somehow the radical right thinks all the "faults", (that is being nice) with Trump was justified to get your court nominee? Defies logic.

    That is just not thinking for the good of all Americans. Americans will not be better off. Millions stand to lose their insurance. Immigrants who made this country stronger have had a slap in the face. Yet that is all OK?

    Trumps first two weeks have been a very "interesting" deal. Interesting does not always mean good BTW.

  • patriot Cedar Hills, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 7:26 a.m.

    Beck and Romney are having to do alot of "repenting" these days!!

  • Rumoris Bountiful, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 7:06 a.m.

    Our country isn't in chaos because of Trump, if anything it's in chaos due to the violent riots the lefties keep starting.

    There is nothing wrong with Trumps ban on those countries to immigrate here. What's good for the Obama gander is good for the Trump goose.

    The EU is crumbling from within, that little dystopian pipe dream is completely illegitimate, none of the people of any of the countries have the ability to elect representatives. They however still need to pay taxes to the EU government, and for what? The ability to travel without a visa? Taxation without representation is a very repulsive idea in America. Hopefully France will pull the trigger next, and Shanghai it out of the EU.

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 7:04 a.m.

    A "strong" start doesn't mean a good start or a competent one. If Mitt thinks that this is good, then America dodged a huge bullet when Mitt lost. He proves himself as totally without a moral foundation and a complete opportunist. What happened to ethics? I see Evan McMullen is hold to his principles. The rest of the Republican Party is showing none. I'm disgusted.

  • illuminated Kansas City, MO
    Feb. 4, 2017 6:36 a.m.

    I love the insanity by the Left. They are truly becoming a regional party. This leftist judicial ruling will be quickly overturned, but it's only showing rational Americans how unhinged the opposition has become.

    If they continue like this, they will lose even more Congressional seats in 2018 and Trump will certainly win in 2020. Love it!

    Go Trump!

  • BYUalum South Jordan, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 6:35 a.m.

    I will always applaud Mitt Romney for the superb manner in which he led the Olympics in 2002! I can see how his handling that enormous event "lit the fire" within him and all of us who were here to witness it.

    However, his very outspoken caustic remarks about Trump last March showed me a different side of Romney after voting for him 4 years ago for POTUS. I thought they were hastily spoken and very damaging to Mitt Romney. (Trump went on to win the Presidency.) If Romney had given Trump a chance (as he is now doing) and kept his cool then, Mitt Romney would be our Secretary of State!

    God bless America and temper the whining and complaining on the left and heal our country!

  • What in Tucket? Provo, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 6:35 a.m.

    The most amazing two weeks in any president in history. Even Mitt seems to be softening. The president of the Emirates praised the president for the ban and the president of Saudi Arabia will now pay for safe z ones in Syria where Muslims deported from Norway, etc. can be sent. Obviously most Muslims are peaceful, trouble is which ones. Harry Truman said no refugees for two years period. Obama stopped various refugees 6 times one for Iraq and for 6 months. WE either get rid of Obamacare or we go to socialized medicine and an enormous health bureaucracy and medical care must decline. NO h e won't get a check from Mexico as such. Everyone knows that. It will be in the trade deals. The Iran deal is worthless and you know it Hugh. Actually the proof is in the pudding isn't it. Let's take a look three months or longer from now.

  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 5:55 a.m.

    I'm sure Romney is being disingenuous when he says he has no regrets. He felt like he was groomed for international relations by being president of the international Olympics.
    The fact that he didn't get the most powerful position in the world for developing better relationships between nations as secretary of state is haunting him.

  • Utahn in youth Woodbridge, CT
    Feb. 4, 2017 5:51 a.m.

    To Light and Liberty and other Trump die-hards: if you want a picture of how Trump is seen not by the "progressives and Hollywood elite," but by, say Germans, take a look at next week's cover of the leading German news magazine Der Spiegel. The Germans have some experience in this kind of person.

  • taatmk West Jordan, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 5:39 a.m.

    I like Mitt zromney. Did when meeting him back in 2002. Do now.

  • David Lloyd-Jones Toronto, 00
    Feb. 4, 2017 5:19 a.m.

    The no regrets bit is OK.

    "Strong start" is lunacy. The only thing strong is the noise level. Trump is floundering like crazy, and it's already 25th Amendment time.

    Pence got out of Indiana just ahead of the sheriff, with his popularity down around his hat size after a stunning display of incompetence. Nevertheless, Indiana is still there.

    Pence serving out this benighted term is just a whole lot safer than three and a half more years of this demented nonsense.


  • cempeyknows St. George, UT
    Feb. 4, 2017 4:02 a.m.

    Everyone makes mistakes. Mr. Romney. Just admit you were wrong about him.

    Regarding other comments: I'm SICK of people going on about a so-called "Muslim" ban! IT'S 7 COUNTRIES! If it were a Muslim ban, there are MANY more countries who are Muslim than just those 7. It is the role of the executive branch to protect the citizens of America. Obama banned Iraq for SIX MONTHS and nobody even talks about HIS Muslim ban. He also has sent the Cubans back to Cuba. I don't see any kind of threat by the Cubans as likely as by the countries who have been banned by President Trump.

    I'm so grateful to President Trump for sacrificing all to make America great again. He's not even taking a pay check. His family has also sacrificed. He could have continued on in his businesses and not made a difference for others. He and his entire family would have been fine. Instead, he made the leap because he could see what was happening to our nation.

    We are so quick to be critical, aren't we? Let's support our president. Those who criticize couldn't do better. He works hard, he's successful, and unlike many politicians, he's keeping his promises.

  • Jim Chee Ka'anapali, HI
    Feb. 4, 2017 1:41 a.m.

    It's amusing that Mitt Romney doesn't retract his extremely critical statement about Donald Trump's qualifications to be president and then does a semi-about-turn to say the man had a "strong start" as if he is praising Trump's first two weeks in office. This is strange because Trump is doing exactly what Romney warned us about.

    Democrats took Trump at his word and knew exactly that he would unleash havoc on our democracy. Except for Romney and a few other Republicans, none thought that Trump would do what he was saying he would do. They all hoped it was just campaign rhetoric and he would return to the Republican fold if he chanced to get elected.

    Now we see that Democrats and Romney were right and Republicans were wrong. However, being a dutiful and faithful Republican, Romney has no difficulty swallowing his criticisms and getting behind the man he called incapable and a disaster. This is how Romney is, he swings however the winds blow. Rather than try to influence Trump and lead him away from his destructive path, Romney settles back and gives his blessing to the man. Such is the power of Trump Tower on the impressionable Romney.

  • dustman Gallup, NM
    Feb. 3, 2017 11:00 p.m.

    utahs republicans and media seem to be working double time to make Trump more appealing. Every article in Utah is selling the same line "he's great, but not perfect." Republicans that we're in opposition are now saying things will be alright. Meanwhile Utah is taking 100,000 acres from the Utes to drill it for oil and ignore tribes' desire keep Bears Ears safe from oil pumps. Oil oil oil. There is more to life Fe and a better measure for success than oil.

  • Impartial7 DRAPER, UT
    Feb. 3, 2017 9:32 p.m.

    Mitt Romney- called "Flip Romney" by the media for his changing opinions and support depending on the political winds. I would think that after Trump humiliating him for Sec State, Mitt would lie low and lick his wounds. Now, nobody puts any stock in Romney's opinion.

  • Light and Liberty St. George/Washington, UT
    Feb. 3, 2017 9:04 p.m.

    Best election in 37 years! Supreme Court Nominee is worth his election alone. All the fear mongering, violence, and hatred will only reinforce those who voted for him (must be doing something right when all the progressives and Hollywood elite are throwing fits). Now, we can focus on the 10 senators from states up for re-election in two years and give him even more access to changing this country into something recognizable, instead of the hopes by some to make it a third world country begging for food and citizens believing the government must supply their needs. Mitt missed his chance, but he can learn from Trump. He might get a second chance when Trump finishes his 8 years. Go Trump.

  • vern001 Castle Rock, CO
    Feb. 3, 2017 8:50 p.m.

    If by "a strong start" you mean total chaos, sure.

    In less than two weeks Trump's managed to insult allies like Australia and the EU, threatened to invade Mexico, ruined the lives of 60,000 people trying to come to the U.S., and spent most of his time worrying about crowd size at his inauguration.

    Throw in a few gratuitous insults at people like Meryl Streep and Arnold Schwarzenegger and you have the making of a disaster.

    I'm disappointed in Mitt's about face. We need Republicans to stand up to Trump, not capitulate.

  • Hugh1 Denver, CO
    Feb. 3, 2017 7:31 p.m.

    Mitt, my rock solid democratic brother called me last weekend and incredibly told me that he would give anything, if only you were the president. "Trump is off to a strong start?" No Mitt, Trump is not off to a strong start, he has thrown our country into chaos. Just this hour a federal judge overturned his ill advised Muslim ban - that he now claims is not a Muslim ban - even though that is what he promised in his campaign. He said only 60 people were affected; but now it comes out that that it was 60,000 that had their visas denied. What's up with repealing Obamacare on day one? What about Mexico paying for the wall? What about cancelling the Iran nuclear deal? Strong start? No Mr. Romney, you had it right when you, "Told the Deseret News that [you wished] Trump well despite having labeled him a "fraud" and a "phony.""

  • Hutterite American Fork, UT
    Feb. 3, 2017 7:07 p.m.

    Complete the circle, Mitt.
    No regrets criticising trump, he's off to a strong start. A strong start to earning your criticism.