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

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyGOP senator will 'probably' vote for debt limit increase Five questions and answers about the debt ceiling fight Warren, Daines introduce bill honoring 13 killed in Kabul attack MORE (R-Utah) in a Sunday CNN interview criticized President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default 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 McCainBiden falters in pledge to strengthen US alliances 20 years after 9/11, US foreign policy still struggles for balance What the chaos in Afghanistan can remind us about the importance of protecting democracy at home MORE (R-Ariz.).

The senator has said he did not vote for one of Trump's judicial nominees because of his attacks on former President Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaBill Maher, Isiah Thomas score over the NFL's playing of 'Black national anthem' Democrats confront 'Rubik's cube on steroids' White House debates vaccines for air travel MORE

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