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Sen.-elect Mitt Romney says he's "doing just fine" after being treated for prostate cancer in the summer of 2017.
Romney also spoke of his wife, Ann, who suffers from multiple sclerosis.
"We're doing very, very well, and in particular, she keeps very healthy and very strong," he said.
CNN's Jake Tapper asked Mitt Romney if he felt the shutdown is worth it in exchange for President Trump's long-desired border wall.
"Well, he's got to make that assessment himself," Romney said.
Tapper pressed. "But what do you think? You now represent people who are not getting paychecks."
"Let me tell you," Romney replied. "I would vote for the border wall. I've made that part of my platform for many, many years. I think we should have a border wall on our southern border, and whether it's a wall or fence or technology and perhaps in some cases the natural landscape prevents people from coming in but we've got to secure our border."
The incoming Republican senator added that states should play a more central role to immigration policy than the federal government, noting how important foreign workers are to Utah's agriculture industry.
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CNN's Jake Tapper just asked Sen.-elect Mitt Romney if he plans to challenge President Trump for the Republican presidential nomination.
"No. You may have heard I ran before," Romney said, referencing his 2012 bid for the presidency.
He continued: "I’ve had that experience. And, by the way, I acknowledge the President was successful. And I was not. He did something I couldn’t do. He won. And I recognize that and appreciate that. But no, I’m not running again. And we’ll see whether someone else does in a Republican primary or not.
Romney said he hasn't decided who he will endorse in 2020.
Jake Tapper asked Mitt Romney to name some specific things that President Trump has done during his presidency that bothered him, eventually leading to the Washington Post op-ed.
"Well, over the course of the last two years, I have put out a number of statements that relate to things that were of great concern to me," Romney said, naming Trump's Charlottesville response, his support for Roy Moore, and his attacks on the media as a few examples.
"I think it's very important for a president to demonstrate the qualities of integrity and honesty forthrightness, empathy and respect for the institutions of our democratic republic," Romney said.
"I think those are all parts of the job."
Romney agreed with the Trump administration "on a lot of policy fronts and salute the work that's been done by the Republican leadership in Washington," but admitted "there are places that relate to the -- if you will, forming of national character -- that I think we could do a better job."
Mitt Romney, speaking to CNN's Jake Tapper, said he was compelled to pen an op-ed about President Trump's character after he decided to pull out of Syria.
Romney said he'll work with any president, but he will also speak out when he doesn't agree.
"But in matters that relate to the divisiveness that's been part of our political environment, I'll speak out if I feel a need to, if there is something significant," he said.
"And I think it's important, as I begin this new job, to make it very clear where I stand. And I also note that the departure of Secretary (James) Mattis and the decision to pull out of Syria and the abrupt way it was done was a precipitating event for my finally going on this record."
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Sen.-elect Mitt Romney is sitting down for a live interview with Jake Tapper on "The Lead," hours after President Donald Trump fired back at the Republican senator-elect's op-ed that said Trump "has not risen to the mantle of the office."
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