Romney defends Paul Ryan: 'The fault for our 2012 loss is mine alone'

Utah Sen. Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyDemocrats should rise above and unify against Trump's tweets Trump steps up attacks on 'Squad' after post-rally furor Media cried wolf: Calling every Republican a racist lost its bite MORE (R), who ran for president in 2012, defended his running mate Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanEx-White House spokesman Raj Shah joins Fox Corporation as senior vice president Trump quietly rolled back programs to detect, combat weapons of mass destruction: report Ocasio-Cortez top aide emerges as lightning rod amid Democratic feud MORE after President TrumpDonald John TrumpLiz Cheney: 'Send her back' chant 'inappropriate' but not about race, gender Booker: Trump is 'worse than a racist' Top Democrat insists country hasn't moved on from Mueller MORE ripped Ryan as a "failed V.P. candidate" and also went after his record as House Speaker. 

Romney, a frequent Trump critic, lauded Ryan on Friday as a "tireless campaigner, fundraiser, and conservative champion."

"As the sole person who could unite the House, he acquiesced to be Speaker as a service to the country," Romney tweeted of the Wisconsin Republican. "His selfless leadership and lifelong policy work were critical to the tax and regulatory reform that have helped propel the economy."


President Trump on Thursday blasted Ryan as having an "atrocious" record and tweeted that he "ultimately became a long running lame duck failure, leaving his Party in the lurch both as a fundraiser & leader."

"When Mitt chose Paul I told people that’s the end of that Presidential run," Trump added.

The president's tweets followed the release of excepts from an upcoming book by Politico's Tim Alberta. Ryan reportedly said in the book that he saw his retirement from Congress as an "escape hatch."

He also criticized the president in the book, which is set to be published on Tuesday. 

“Those of us around him really helped to stop him from making bad decisions. All the time,” Ryan reportedly told Alberta. “We helped him make much better decisions, which were contrary to kind of what his knee-jerk reaction was. Now I think he’s making some of these knee-jerk reactions.”