Following a recent editorial in which he questioned Donald Trump’s moral character, incoming U.S. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, received backlash from the president and some others in his party.
One of those critics was his niece, Ronna McDaniel, who also happens to be the chairwoman of the National Republican Committee.
“For an incoming Republican freshman senator to attack [Trump] as their first act feeds into what the Democrats and media want and is disappointing and unproductive,” she wrote.
Her uncle reacted to the tweet in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper on Wednesday.
“She has a responsibility,” Romney said. “I respect her right to express that viewpoint.”
He said the exchange was “more civil” than it might have been had it occurred over the family dinner table, adding that his family has had many political disagreements.
Romney said his niece is “very loyal to the president and she’s doing what she thinks is best for him and for the party.”