Romney: Trump 'has distanced himself from some of the best qualities of the human character'

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyClub for Growth extends advertising against House Dems over impeachment Pennsylvania's other election-night story This week: House kicks off public phase of impeachment inquiry MORE (R-Utah) in a Sunday CNN interview criticized President TrumpDonald John TrumpGOP senators warn against Trump firing intelligence community official Appropriators agree to Dec. 20 funding deadline House Democrats circulate memo rebutting GOP impeachment defense MORE's moral leadership of the U.S.

"I think he could substantially improve his game when it comes to helping shape the character of the country," Romney, a frequent critic of the president, said on CNN's "State of the Union."

"I think young people, as well as people around the world, look at the president of the United States and say 'does he exhibit the kind of qualities that we would want to emulate?' And those are qualities of humility, of honesty, integrity," he added.

"The president has distanced himself from some of the best qualities of the human character.” 

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Romney, a former GOP presidential nominee, and Trump have publicly feuded over issues including Trump's insults of the late Sen. John McCainJohn Sidney McCainLindsey Graham basks in the impeachment spotlight Sanders proposes expanded Veterans Affairs services, B to rebuild infrastructure Cindy McCain says husband John McCain would be 'disgusted' by state of GOP MORE (R-Ariz.).

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