Mitt Romney’s first reaction to President Trump’s tweet on the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr. was “shocked.”
“I’m not sure I understand it,” Romney told reporters after the Republican presidential nominee met with the family of slain civil rights leader, Rev. Martin Luther Strange.
Romney’s remarks came as the president was on a two-day trip to the United Kingdom and Europe and he is expected to address the British Parliament later this week.
In an interview with ABC News on Tuesday, Obama defended Trump’s response to King’s assassination.
“We have a president who, in one of the most stunning moments of his presidency, tweeted the exact same thing, that he had never said before, and that was that Martin Luther, a man who was very much an advocate for civil rights, was assassinated,” Obama said.
“The president is the president of the United States and the White House is not the White Senate,” he added.
Romney said the president should have been more specific.
“If you look at his statement in the tweet, I think it was in the context of the fact that this was a white supremacist act, the president’s own statements about the president, the fact he never said, ‘I would have never done it,'” Romney said.
Romney also said the United Nations is “not a political body” and he doesn’t understand why the president is “still using that as a rallying cry.”
“What I find really interesting about this is the Whitehouse’s response, the WhiteHouse’s response was a bunch of stuff he has done since the election.
The president’s response is he just retweeted it,” he said.
Obama said his administration has “been working hard to build bridges, to find common ground and to be united.”
“And this is one of those times when we have to stop being divided.
And we have got to be working together,” he told reporters.