Romney praises Trump for 'strong' State of the Union address

Romney praises Trump for 'strong' State of the Union address
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Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyHere are the Senate Republicans who could vote to convict Trump Statesmen seek bipartisan solutions to big challenges Georgia ready for unpredictable Senate race MORE (R-Utah) on Tuesday praised President TrumpDonald John TrumpPence: It's not a "foregone conclusion" that lawmakers impeach Trump FBI identifies Pensacola shooter as Saudi Royal Saudi Air Force second lieutenant Trump calls Warren 'Pocahontas,' knocks wealth tax MORE for giving a "strong" State of the Union address, saying that the priorities the president outlined align with his own. 

“The president’s speech was strong, well-delivered, and appealed to our patriotism and common values as Americans," Romney said in a statement, according to a Salt Lake City Fox affiliate.

"He highlighted several critical policy areas where there are opportunities for both parties to work together — including lowering health care costs, reforming trade policies to better protect American workers, and strengthening border security and immigration enforcement."

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Romney added that he thinks the "Trump administration deserves credit for working to cut taxes and regulations, which have helped boost our economy and raise wages."

The former presidential candidate also said he was encouraged by the White House's decision to "support the people of Venezuela and take a hard line against Iranian aggression." But he mentioned that he believes the U.S. must maintain a sufficient presence in Iraq and Syria to protect "national security interests," a goal that breaks with Trump's agenda. 

Trump on Tuesday delivered his second State of the Union address from the U.S. Capitol, using the speech to discuss a range of issues, including abortion, immigration, socialism and North Korea. 

He said during the address that an “an economic miracle" was taking place and that "the only thing that can stop it are foolish wars, politics or ridiculous partisan investigations."

Romney, who has had a number of disagreements with Trump, said in a New Year's Day op-ed before officially being sworn into the Senate that Trump had "not risen to the mantle" of the presidency.