Trump Jr on Cheney: 'We already have one Mitt Romney, we don't need another'

Donald Trump Jr. joined in criticizing Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Cheney asks DOJ to probe environmental groups | Kudlow: 'No sector worse hurt than energy' during pandemic | Trump pledges 'no politics' in Pebble Mine review Cheney asks DOJ to probe environmental groups  Press: The big no-show at the RNC MORE (R-Wyo.) on Twitter, comparing her to Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP-led panel to hear from former official who said Burisma was not a factor in US policy Joe Biden's dangerous view of 'normalcy' The electoral reality that the media ignores MORE (R-Utah) and saying “we don’t need another.”

President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE’s son retweeted Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzLara Trump campaigns with far-right activist candidate Laura Loomer in Florida House to vote on removing cannabis from list of controlled substances The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sights and sounds from GOP convention night 1 MORE’s (R-Fla.) post calling for Cheney to step down as House Republican Conference chairwoman.

“We already have one Mitt Romney, we don’t need another…” he said.  “We also don’t need the endless wars she advocates for.”


The tweet came after conservative lawmakers, including Gaetz, clashed with Cheney at a Tuesday closed-door Republican meeting. Several representatives took to a microphone to condemn the House Republican leader for her support of top infectious disease expert Anthony FauciAnthony FauciControversial CDC guidelines were written by HHS officials, not scientists: report Overnight Health Care: Ex-Pence aide backs Biden over virus response | Trump's sharp words put CDC director on hot seat | Trump coronavirus adviser threatens to sue Stanford researchers Trump coronavirus adviser threatens to sue Stanford researchers MORE as well as a primary challenger to Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold MassieGOP lawmaker praises Kyle Rittenhouse's 'restraint' for not emptying magazine during shooting Rep. Dan Meuser tests positive for COVID-19 Liz Cheney wins Wyoming GOP primary in reelection bid MORE (R-Ky.).

After the meeting, the Wyoming lawmaker told The Hill it was a “robust” conversation.


“Listen, we had a robust exchange of views," Cheney said. "I think that, ultimately, you know, I started the conference by laying out all of the damage — what America would look like under a [former Vice President Joe] Biden, [Senate Minority Leader Charles] Schumer [D-N.Y.], [Speaker Nancy] Pelosi [D-Calif.] regime, essentially — and why it's so important that we make sure, whether you're talking about our Second Amendment rights, whether you're talking about taxpayer funding for illegal immigrant health care, whether you're talking about taxpayer funding for abortion, across the board, the damage that would be done, and ultimately we all want the same thing. We all want to be in the same place.”

Gaetz took to Twitter after the argument, saying Cheney “has worked behind the scenes (and now in public) against @realDonaldTrump and his agenda.”

“House Republicans deserve better as our Conference Chair,” he posted. “Liz Cheney should step down or be removed.”

Cheney addressed Trump Jr.'s tweet at a Tuesday afternoon press conference saying the president's son "is not a member of the House Republican Conference." 

"I take my position in leadership very seriously, I take the oath that I'm sworn to the constitution, very seriously as I know all of us do, who are elected officials," she said. "And I think that, you know, we have a situation in many cases where in our conference we can have a healthy exchange of views, unfortunately, you don't see that as much in the Democratic Caucus."


House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin Owen McCarthyTrump's sharp words put CDC director on hot seat House GOP leader says he trusts Trump over CDC director on vaccine timing The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by The Air Line Pilots Association - Trump contradicts CDC director on vaccine, masks MORE (R-Calif.) also expressed his support for Cheney telling reporters, "We're honored to have her as conference chair."

Cheney clashed with Trump earlier this month, criticizing the president for promoting a false story that "Morning Joe" host Joe ScarboroughCharles (Joe) Joseph ScarboroughScarborough calls on Cuomo to walk back statement he made about Trump: 'Out of bounds' Mika Brzezinski: 'Super grossed out' by Trump speech attendees 'who put their lives at risk' Democrats tear into Trump's 'deep state' tweet: His 'lies and recklessness' have 'killed people' MORE killed a congressional aide.

Romney has been a consistent critic of the president and was the only Republican congressman to vote to convict Trump on one count for impeachment. Recently, he voiced his opposition to Trump’s decision to commute associate Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneJustice IG investigating Stone sentencing: report Romney says Trump's protest tweets 'clearly intended to further inflame racial tensions' Bannon trial date set in alleged border wall scam MORE’s sentence. 

The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) disinvited the Utah senator from its January meeting due to Romney’s vote for more witnesses in the Senate impeachment trial. The president also left Romney off his task force focused on reopening the economy in April, saying he holds a grudge over the impeachment vote. 

Juliegrace Brufke contributed. 
Updated 3:41 p.m.