Trump urges Hatch to run for reelection as speculation about Romney swirls

Trump urges Hatch to run for reelection as speculation about Romney swirls

At another event, Trump mouthed "yes" when asked whether he wanted Hatch to run again in 2018 while pushing a shopping cart through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Welfare Square as he purported to look for tuna.

"Hatch is a known entity for Trump and has been really good for the president for the most part", Kirk Jowers, a friend of Romney who formerly chaired his political action committee, told Politico. A year later, the former Trump adviser's claim seems pretty credible; now that Romney is eyeing a run for the Senate in Utah, both the president and Steve Bannon are reportedly looking to undermine him. "He's not afraid to take on the big boss around here".

Romney has been considering a Senate run for months, but he may only seek for the GOP nomination if Hatch declines to run for another term.

Romney has been preparing to run for Hatch's seat on the long-held assumption that the 83-year-old would retire, according to Politico. "Yet Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, is now refusing to rule out another campaign - a circumstance Romney's infuriated inner circle blames squarely on the president".

Trump's opposition to Senator Romney isn't that surprising. Hatch has also stood by Trump through some of his most hard moments.

"If Steve had a choice between Orrin Hatch and Mitt Romney, he would pick Hatch 10 times out of 10", a source close to Bannon told the Examiner.

Donald Trump and Orrin Hatch. The official objective of his trip was to announce the reduction of two national monuments in the state, though he could have signed those orders in the Oval Office.

President Trump on Monday said he wanted Sen. After Trump retweeted Islamophobic videos last week, Hatch said he wasn't "aware" of the controversy, then offered some general praise: "I'll say this for ya.' He's been one of the best presidents I've served under, and the reason is he's not afraid to make decisions". The president also associates the Utah Republican with the success of the tax bill in the Senate.

Romney has reportedly been mulling a Senate bid in Utah for some time, taking steps after the new year and last summer to up his presence in the Utah political scene. His vitriolic outburst perhaps reached its apex on March 3, 2016, when Romney slammed Trump as "a phony" and "a fraud" who is "playing the American public for suckers".

After Trump was elected, Romney was among the candidates interviewed for secretary of state but he has remained critical of the president on social media.

"No, not the same".

Trump tweeted the clip soon after.