Trump slams 'ass' Romney for criticizing Ukraine dealings

President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address MORE lashed out at Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyQAnon scores wins, creating GOP problem Republicans fear backlash over Trump's threatened veto on Confederate names Overnight Defense: Lawmakers demand answers on reported Russian bounties for US troops deaths in Afghanistan | Defense bill amendments target Germany withdrawal, Pentagon program giving weapons to police MORE (Utah) on Saturday and called him a "pompous 'ass'" after the Republican senator criticized Trump over his dealings with Ukraine.

"Somebody please wake up Mitt Romney and tell him that my conversation with the Ukrainian President was a congenial and very appropriate one," Trump asserted in a tweet.

Trump maintained that his public call this week for China to also investigate former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump hits 'radical left,' news media, China in Independence Day address Kaepernick on July Fourth: 'We reject your celebration of white supremacy' Jaime Harrison seeks to convince Democrats he can take down Lindsey Graham MORE "pertained to corruption, not politics."

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"If Mitt worked this hard on Obama, he could have won. Sadly, he choked!" Trump added, mocking the 2012 GOP presidential nominee for losing the election to former President Obama.

"Mitt Romney never knew how to win. He is a pompous 'ass' who has been fighting me from the beginning, except when he begged me for my endorsement for his Senate run (I gave it to him), and when he begged me to be Secretary of State (I didn’t give it to him). He is so bad for R’s!" Trump added in another tweet.

A spokesperson for Romney did not immediately return a request for comment Saturday.

Romney, who has at times been a vocal critic of Trump's policies and actions in office, broke sharply this week with Trump's call for China and Ukraine to investigate Biden, a leading Democratic presidential contender. Romney called the effort "wrong and appalling."

"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," Romney tweeted Friday.

"By all appearances, the President’s brazen and unprecedented appeal to China and to Ukraine to investigate Joe Biden is wrong and appalling," he added.

GOP Sen. Ben SasseBenjamin (Ben) Eric SasseSenators push foreign media to disclose if they are registered as foreign agents Beijing: US 'oppressing Chinese companies' after Huawei, ZTE action Senate Republicans defend Trump's response on Russian bounties MORE (Neb.) this week also broke with Trump's suggestion that China should investigate Biden, saying in a statement to a local newspaper that "Americans don't look to Chinese commies for the truth. If the Biden kid broke laws by selling his name to Beijing, that's a matter for American courts, not communist tyrants running torture camps."

Details of Trump's July 25 call with the Ukrainian president, in which he pushed the foreign leader to investigate Biden and unproven allegations of corruption involving the former vice president and his son, are at the center of House Democrats' impeachment inquiry against Trump.

Romney has voiced concerns about Trump's comments during the call since reports about the conversation began to emerge last month. The GOP senator called a rough transcript of the call released by the White House last week "deeply troubling."

The reconstituted transcript showed Trump asking the Ukrainian leader to "look into" his allegations surrounding Biden and to work with his personal attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiOusted Manhattan US Attorney Berman to testify before House next week Sunday shows preview: With coronavirus cases surging, lawmakers and health officials weigh in Hillicon Valley: Democrats introduce bill banning federal government use of facial recognition tech | House lawmakers roll out legislation to establish national cyber director | Top federal IT official to step down MORE on the matter.

Updated: 11:05 a.m.