Republican Mitt Romney, strongly considering a run for a U.S. Senate seat from Utah, slammed U.S. President Donald Trump for his reported comments deriding African countries as "shitholes."
Romney tweeted Monday morning, "The poverty of an aspiring immigrants nation of origin is as irrelevant as their race. The sentiment attributed to POTUS is inconsistent w/ Americas history and antithetical to American values. May our memory of Dr. King buoy our hope for unity, greatness, & charity for all.""
Romney, who lost the 2012 U.S. presidential race to Barack Obama denounced Donald Trump during the 2016 Republican primaries as a conman and unfit for the presidency.
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Romney advisers say the 70-year-old former governor of Massachusetts is weighing a run in the November congressional election for a Senate seat from Utah, a Republican-dominated state where Romney has a home.
Romney would be seeking to succeed Republican Senator Orrin Hatch, who has announced he will retire rather than seek re-election.
Trump had urged Hatch to run again in an apparent attempt to head off Romney, who initially opposed Trump's presidential candidacy.
Reuters contributed to this report