Does Trump Have It Out for Mitt Romney?

President Donald Trump stands with Sen. Orrin Hatch R-Utah after arriving at Salt Lake City International Airport Monday Dec. 4 2017 in Salt Lake City

President Donald Trump told reporters that he's encouraging 83-year-old Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah to run for re-election.

Trump will travel to Salt Lake City, Utah, Monday for official business, to meet with leaders of the Church of Latter Day Saints and give a speech at the state capitol, which Politico suggests is a political move to encourage Hatch to stay in the Senate. But when the press followed up with a question about whether Trump's enthusiasm for Hatch was meant to deter Romney, he demurred, replying, "He's a good man. Mitt's a good man".

Romney has been a critic of Trump's when he ran for president and since he assumed office.

Romney was planning to run for the position held by Hatch, on the assumption the senator would retire, according to a report by Politico.

Romney, 70, is viewed as a virtual lock to win if he chooses to run for the Senate seat (and Hatch doesn't), with hypothetical polls showing he'd beat his potential Democratic opponent in the heavily Republican, heavily Mormon state by an increasingly huge margin.




According to Trump deputies, the president's relationship with Hatch began before Romney planned of being Utah's senator. Their suspicions are warranted: Trump has sounded off to friends about how he doesn't like the idea of a Senator Romney, Politico reports.

Trump called Hatch "a very special man" on Monday. He's playing the members of the American public for suckers. The former MA governor's criticisms sparked rumors that he and a handful of never-Trumpers would seek to oust Trump at the Republican National Convention.

Romney fiercely criticized Trump during last year's campaign and came to personify the "Never Trump" movement for a time. Rex Tillerson. Perhaps as a reaction to that particular humiliation, Romney has carried on his criticism of Trump, saying that the White House's response to the violent white nationalist rally in Charlottesville "caused racists to rejoice, minorities to weep, and the vast heart of America to mourn", and bashing Trump for pulling out of the Paris climate agreement.

Former White House strategist Steve Bannon is reportedly considering endorsing an eighth term by Sen.

A source close to Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon told the Washington Examiner that he would absolutely consider backing Hatch.

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