“I did not vote for President Trump,” Romney told CNN on Capitol Hill.
Asked whom he voted for, Romney said: “That’s something I’m keeping private at this stage.”
Romney has made his distaste for Trump known for years — dating to the 2016 campaign — but he tried to make amends with Trump briefly after the real estate mogul’s victory and when he was briefly being considered for secretary of state. Ahead of Romney’s 2018 Senate run, Trump endorsed his election bid.
“I think our party is in trouble with young people, increasingly with older people, with minorities,” Romney told CNN. “And those young people we were in trouble with five years ago are now voting, and so we’ve got some real work to do.”
While most Republicans are giving Trump their full-throated endorsement, other GOP senators have yet to fall in in line.
But Romney has been by far the most vocal in his criticism of Trump — particularly as he became the first US senator in history to support removing a president from his own party from office.
“I am aware that there are people in my party and in my state who will strenuously disapprove of my decision, and in some quarters, I will be vehemently denounced. I am sure to hear abuse from the President and his supporters,” Romney said on the Senate floor at the time announcing his vote to remove Trump from office.
“Does anyone seriously believe I would consent to these consequences other than from an inescapable conviction that my oath before God demanded it of me?”
The President responded by attacking Romney as a “failed presidential candidate.”