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Reid on respect for Romney: 'I have none’

Reid on respect for Romney: 'I have none’
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Senate Minority Leader Harry ReidHarry Mason ReidSchumer becomes new Senate majority leader Biden faces tall order in uniting polarized nation Senators vet Mayorkas to take lead at DHS MORE (D-Nev.) says Mitt Romney’s bid to join President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpNYT: Rep. Perry played role in alleged Trump plan to oust acting AG Arizona GOP censures top state Republicans McCain, Flake and Ducey Biden and UK prime minister discuss NATO, multilateralism during call MORE’s Cabinet has erased any esteem he has for the GOP’s 2012 presidential nominee.

Trump on Tuesday chose Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson as his secretary of State, ending Romney’s open lobbying for the position.

“Mitt Romney is somebody I had respect for,” Reid told The Huffington Post before Trump announced his nomination of Tillerson. "I have none anymore.

“This is a man who came out big-time against Trump,” he added. "Oh, the things he said about Trump. Well, that’s great, that’s wonderful."

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The former GOP governor of Massachusetts in March blasted Trump as “a phony” and “a fraud."

“Either he wasn’t telling the truth, or he’s a person with no character," Reid said. "And having said that, to go and do homage to this guy he said awful things about, I don’t think that shows much character.”

Romney pushed back on his reversal over Trump, arguing he could set aside his past differences for the good of America.

“I was indeed very critical of Mr. Trump during his campaign,” Romney said through a spokesman. "But now he has been elected president and accordingly, if I could have helped shape foreign policy to protect the country that I love, I would have been more than willing to do so.

“As for Mr. Reid, I lost respect for him when he repeatedly lied about my taxes and later admitted to it cheerily. Good riddance, Mr. Reid. The Senate will be better served without you in it.”

Reid famously accused Romney of having not paid any taxes for a decade during the 2012 presidential campaign.