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the romney problem

The White House is asking Republicans to bash Mitt Romney. Liz Cheney is defending him.

President Trump just won't let that one little snub go.

On Wednesday, Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) blocked Trump from a unified Republican acquittal in his impeachment trial. Trump has since taken aim at his one defector, first attacking him without name in Thursday morning's National Prayer Breakfast and later sending a set of anti-Romney talking points to his Republican caucus.

While he didn't exactly say he was talking about Romney, Trump did say Thursday that "I don't like people who use their faith as justification for doing what they know is wrong." It was an obvious reference to how Romney made sure to say his conviction vote was based on his "oath before God." The White House later followed that up with a list of accusations about Romney's "long history of flip flopping" and "self-serving political expedience."

At least one high-profile Republican is ignoring the smear campaign. House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) said Thursday she disagrees with Romney's vote on impeachment, but added he's "a real value for us to have in the Senate." "Senator Romney is a good and honorable man. I don’t think anybody ought to question his faith," she added.