Mitt Romney, the former Republican presidential candidate and incoming U.S. senator from Utah, sharply criticized President Donald Trump and suggested the U.S. leader had caused dismay around the world.
In a Washington Post essay published on Tuesday evening, Romney criticized a number of Trump's actions in December.
"The appointment of senior persons of lesser experience, the abandonment of allies who fight beside us, and the president's thoughtless claim that America has long been a 'sucker' in world affairs all defined his presidency down," he wrote.
He added that "Trump's words and actions have caused dismay around the world."
The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
Romney suggested that "on balance, (Trump's) conduct over the past two years ... is evidence that the president has not risen to the mantle of the office."