WASHINGTON: Republican Senator Mitt Romney, a frequent critic of Donald Trump, said on Friday (Oct 4) it was "wrong and appalling" for the president to urge China and Ukraine to launch investigations of a chief political rival, Joe Biden.
"By all appearances, the President's brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling," tweeted Romney, the Republican presidential nominee in 2012 and currently the party's most open critic of Trump.
"When the only American citizen President Trump singles out for China's investigation is his political opponent in the midst of the Democratic nomination process, it strains credulity to suggest that it is anything other than politically motivated," he added.
On Thursday, Trump openly called on China as well as Ukraine to investigate Biden – his potential Democratic opponent in the 2020 presidential election.
Trump's audacious comments drew outrage from Democrats, who accused him of abusing his power in plain sight.
Republicans have largely hunkered down, by either offering direct defences of the president or not commenting on the weeks-old Ukraine scandal that has prompted Democrats to launch a formal impeachment probe against Trump.
There have been few voices of criticism from within Republican ranks, although some small cracks have emerged.
Earlier this week, Chuck Grassley, the powerful chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, broke with Trump to defend an intelligence community whistleblower who filed a complaint about Trump.
And congressman Adam Kinzinger blasted as "beyRead More – Source