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Trump hits Romney for Mueller criticism

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPolice say man dangling off Trump Tower Chicago demanding to speak with Trump Fauci says he was 'absolutely not' surprised Trump got coronavirus after Rose Garden event Biden: Trump 'continues to lie to us' about coronavirus MORE swiped at Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe Memo: Trump's second-term chances fade Romney slams Trump for refusing to denounce QAnon on national television Overnight Defense: Pentagon IG to audit use of COVID-19 funds on contractors | Dems optimistic on blocking Trump's Germany withdrawal | Obama slams Trump on foreign policy MORE (R-Utah) on Saturday after Romney criticized the president following the release of Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's report on his investigation into Trump's campaign and Russian election interference.

In a tweet featuring a video compilation of clips from Romney's 2012 election night defeat, Trump quipped that Romney could "maybe" have beaten former President Obama in the general election had he spent as much energy fighting Obama as he does Trump.

"If @MittRomney spent the same energy fighting Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaJacobin Editor-at-Large: Valerie Jarrett's support for Citigroup executive's mayoral campaign 'microcosm' of Democrats' relationship with Wall Street Obama to stump for Biden in Philadelphia On India, the US must think bigger MORE as he does fighting Donald Trump, he could have won the race (maybe)!" Trump wrote in the tweet that the president pinned to the top of his Twitter feed, which is viewed by nearly 60 million followers.

Romney lost the 2016 election by more than 100 electoral votes, while losing the popular vote to the incumbent Obama by about 4 percentage points.

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The former Massachusetts governor was briefly among the candidates considered to run the State Department in the early days of Trump's presidency, but in recent months has emerged as one of the more vocal detractors of the president on the right.

On Friday, Romney said he was "sickened" by the conduct of Trump and others outlined in Mueller's report, which was released publicly with some redactions a day earlier.

"I am sickened at the extent and pervasiveness of dishonesty and misdirection by individuals in the highest office of the land, including the President," Romney said in a statement posted to Twitter.