Republican ex-presidential candidate Mitt Romney has urged his party to reject Donald Trump, reportedly calling the front-runner a “phony” and “fraud”.

According to BBC News, Mr. Romney, who has been a fierce critic of Mr. Trump, is expected to warn in his speech later today that Mr. Trump’s policies are a threat to the Republican Party and to the country as a whole.

He will also warn that the nomination of Mr. Trump would pave the way to the presidency for Democratic rival Hillary Clinton.

Many senior Republicans are reportedly alarmed at the prospect of Mr. Trump securing the nomination for November’s election.

In the latest attack from top figures in the party, several members of the Republican national security community wrote an open letter describing Mr. Trump’s “vision of American influence and power in the world” as “wildly inconsistent and unmoored in principle”.

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