Senator-elect Mitt Romney (R-UT) penned a scathing op-ed in The Washington Post on Tuesday, heaping criticism on President Donald Trump just two days before he is to be sworn in to the U.S. Senate.
But Romney’s own niece, Ronna McDaniel — who is also the Republican National Committee Chairwoman — sided with Trump over her uncle, issuing a Wednesday tweet blasting the move.
"For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack (Donald Trump) as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive," McDaniel wrote on Twitter Wednesday, choosing not to name her uncle. As of Wednesday morning, she had also "pinned" the tweet to the top of her profile.
McDaniel, who has supported Trump since the 2016 presidential election, has worked to distance herself from her uncle, CNN noted.
In 2017, The Washington Post reported that McDaniel obliged with Trump's request to drop the use of her maiden name in official party communications.
"It was just a difference of opinion as to where the country needed to go but it didn't affect my relationship with my Uncle Mitt," McDaniel told CNN's Dana Bash back in 2017 of Romney's 2016 speech where he slammed Trump as a "phony, a fraud."
Romney has continued his criticism of the president from time to time, but he has also “made clear he will support the President where he agrees and speak out when he doesn't.”
Trump responded to the incoming senator’s op-ed as one might expect, noting in a tweet that “I won big, and he didn’t.”