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

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyOn The Money: Tanden withdraws nomination as Biden budget chief | Relief bill tests narrow Democratic majority | Senate confirms Biden's picks for Commerce, top WH economist Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend Kinzinger: Trump just wants to 'stand in front of a crowd and be adored' MORE (R-Utah) in a Sunday CNN interview criticized President TrumpDonald TrumpSouth Carolina Senate adds firing squad as alternative execution method Ex-Trump aide Pierson won't run for Dallas-area House seat House Oversight panel reissues subpoena for Trump's accounting firm 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 McCainHouse Freedom Caucus chair weighs Arizona Senate bid Cindy McCain planning 'intimate memoir' of life with John McCain Trump-McConnell rift divides GOP donors MORE (R-Ariz.).

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