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Senior White House official with knowledge of address said plan is to build a public case for the wall

8.39pm GMT

Mitt Romney’s critical op-ed about Donald Trump in the Washington Post has upset a number of his new Republican colleagues.

Politico reports that Senate Republicans were taken back at Romney’s criticism just before he was sworn in to be Utah’s junior senator.

Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, a close Trump ally, dismissed Romney’s op-ed as an “attempted character assassination” and “deeply disappointing,” dubbing Romney a potential “Jeff Flake on steroids” in his own Washington Post op-ed. Most Senate Republicans won’t go that far, but they aren’t particularly happy about how Romney chose to enter office.

“Everybody’s got their strategy and their tactic. Mine is going to be to try and help the president and our country be successful. Mitt’s got a different take,” Sen. Kevin Cramer of North Dakota, a fellow freshman, said. “I haven’t talked to anybody that’s encouraged by” his approach.

8.12pm GMT

Billionaire Tom Steyer “will make an announcement concerning his political plans for 2019 and beyond” in Iowa tomorrow.

Steyer who has been perhaps the largest single donor to progressive political causes in recent years has been mulling a presidential campaign.

Possible 2020 presidential candidate Tom Steyer makes an announcement about an announcement. He’ll be in Iowa tomorrow. #iacaucus

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Source: theguardian