Romney took a political tightrope walk with his response, saying, "I think his policy was generally much better than I expected, but some of the things he said are not ones I would aim for adopting for my grandchildren. "
In the same interview, the former Massachusetts Governor and US presidential presidential candidate praised Trump in 2012 for exceeding his expectations of tax and regulatory policies.
"Where the President is right about my policies for Utah and the country, I will be with him," Romney told NBC News.
He added, "But if the president would say something is very divisive or racist or misogynist, well, I call him because I think it's important that people know exactly where you stand.
Romney's comments mark the last instance in which he is publicly criticized Trump
But after Trump won the presidency, Romney was briefly considered the foreign minister's position, and the two were even photographed eating together.
Romney faces his Republican opponent, Utah Rep. Michael Kennedy, in the debate on Tuesday night at Brigham Young University.