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

Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyThe 17 Republicans who voted to advance the Senate infrastructure bill Senate votes to take up infrastructure deal Trump slams Romney, Senate GOP over infrastructure deal MORE (R-Utah) in a Sunday CNN interview criticized President TrumpDonald TrumpFormer New York state Senate candidate charged in riot Trump called acting attorney general almost daily to push election voter fraud claim: report GOP senator clashes with radio caller who wants identity of cop who shot Babbitt 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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