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Mitt Romney: No regrets about criticizing Trump, but time to recognize his 'strong start'

Mitt Romney: No regrets about criticizing Trump, but time to recognize his 'strong start'

Deseret News -- 

Mitt Romney said Friday he has no regrets about criticizing then candidate Donald Trump in a stinging speech last year but now sees the new president as having "obviously gotten off to a very strong start."

Romney, the Republican Party's presidential nominee in 2012, told the Deseret News that he wishes Trump well despite having labeled him a "fraud" and a "phony" in a University of Utah speech last March.

"I expressed honestly what my belief was with regards to temperament and character. Now the time has come for us to recognize we have a new president and we have hopes he will be successful leading our country," Romney said.

He declined to comment on whether his views of Trump's "personal nature" have changed during an interview before speaking at an event marking the 15th anniversary of the 2002 Winter Games at the Utah Olympic Park.

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