Donors calling Romney adviser urging 2020 run against Trump: report

One of incoming Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyIraq War looms over Trump battle with Iran Alabama state senator introduces bill to repeal state's abortion ban Overnight Health Care — Presented by PCMA — McConnell, Kaine offer bill to raise tobacco buying age to 21 | Measles outbreak spreads to 24 states | Pro-ObamaCare group launches ad blitz to protect Dems MORE’s (R-Utah) top political advisers has reportedly been fielding calls from donors urging Romney to consider a 2020 run against President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE.

Spencer Zwick established Romney’s donor network during his two previous presidential campaigns in 2008 and 2012.

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Zwick routinely takes calls from donors encouraging Romney to challenge Trump for the Republican nomination in 2020, two people familiar with the discussions told The Washington Post.

Romney lost the 2008 Republican primary to the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainMeghan McCain says Ben Carson should be developing brain cancer treatment, not working at HUD Graham urges Trump not to abandon infrastructure talks with Democrats Pelosi receives John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Award MORE (R-Ariz.) and went on to secure the party’s nomination in 2012 before being defeated by incumbent President Obama.

Romney has emerged as a vocal critic of the president, penning an op-ed attacking Trump’s character and accusing him of a glaring "shortfall" in policy and leadership.

"With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable. And it is in this province where the incumbent’s shortfall has been most glaring," Romney wrote for the Post on Tuesday.

"I do not intend to comment on every tweet or fault. But I will speak out against significant statements or actions that are divisive, racist, sexist, anti-immigrant, dishonest or destructive to democratic institutions," he continued.

Trump and his 2020 reelection campaign manager Brad Parscale both fired back by invoking Romney’s two failed presidential runs.

“The truth is @MittRomney lacked the ability to save this nation. @realDonaldTrump has saved it,” Parscale wrote on Twitter Tuesday.  “Jealously is a drink best served warm and Romney just proved it. So sad, I wish everyone had the courage @realDonaldTrump had.”

Trump on Wednesday suggested the incoming senator should be a “team player” and support his administration.

"Here we go with Mitt Romney, but so fast! Question will be, is he a Flake? I hope not," Trump wrote on Twitter .”Would much prefer that Mitt focus on Border Security and so many other things where he can be helpful. I won big, and he didn’t. He should be happy for all Republicans. Be a TEAM player & WIN!”

Romney's niece, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel, blasted her uncle for his op-ed on Wednesday.

 "POTUS is attacked and obstructed by the MSM media and Democrats 24/7," McDaniel tweeted "For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack @realdonaldtrump as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive."