Speaking on ABC’s “Good Morning America,” Romney said although President Obama should not publicly support Mubarak’s removal, the time for it had come.
“I don’t know that I would say to the president, ‘You should call for Mubarak’s resignation,’ ” Romney said. “That, I think, flies in the face of a long history of friendship between he and our country and our friends, but it is very clear that [Mubarak] needs to move on and transition to the voices of democracy.”
Romney largely praised the administration’s response to the crisis, aligning himself with Republican leaders in Congress who favor a unified approach to the unrest in Egypt. Other potential candidates, such as Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee, have been more alarmist, warning that Mubarak’s departure could lead to a takeover of the nation’s government by the Muslim Brotherhood, a political group that claims its goals are secular but whom some critics view as Islamic radicals.