Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Global Media | By Garry Long

Trump Working Against A Future Senator Romney

Trump Working Against A Future Senator Romney

The president's motives aren't hard to discern: retaining Hatch would allow Trump to keep an ally close while spurning Romney, his onetime presidential primary opponent who remains a vocal critic, and who would in theory prove a much less obliging Congressman. Last year, he referred to Trump as a phony and a fraud during remarks at the University of Utah, and implored people not to vote for him. Their suspicions are warranted: Trump has sounded off to friends about how he doesn't like the idea of a Senator Romney.

Well, Romney can hardly be furious. He also met with Mormon leaders.

"I asked for the president's help in fixing this disaster", Hatch said. Asked if he was trying to send a message to Romney that he doesn't want him to make a bid for Hatch's seat, which the senator has held since 1977, Trump said Romney's "a good man. Mitt's a good man".

Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, has always been critical of Trump.

But as we were reminded when Trump attacked Hilary Clinton again Monday morning over her treatment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there are some political rivalries President Trump just can't seem to get over.

"We hope you will continue to serve your state and your country in the Senate for a long time to come", Trump said in the state Capitol, calling Hatch a "fighter", a high compliment from the president. Earlier this year in an interview with National Journal, Hatch addressed whether he'd support Romney if he ever ran to replace him in the Senate.

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Trump has never spoken to Hatch about Romney, the source said, and the President began urging Hatch to run again long before Romney entered the conversation as a possible Senate candidate in October.

Romney was very tough on Trump during the campaign.

According to the Washington Examiner, Bannon is considering endorsing Hatch - a Mitch McConnell loyalist who's been in D.C. since 1976 - though he can't stop declaring "war" on the GOP Establishment. "I don't know that he knows what he's going to get with Romney, but it's not going to be what he's got with Hatch". 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. Mitt Romney has neither opened the door nor closed it". "He's playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat".

As an example, several Romney backers pointed to the fact that Hatch recently added four staff members in Washington.

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

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