Monday, 11 December, 2017

Donald Trump May Be Trying To Keep Mitt Romney Out Of Sentate

Sen. Orrin Hatch R-Utah speaks during the Utah Republican Party 2016 nominating convention in Salt Lake City Trump tries to block Mitt Romney from becoming Utah senator
Charlie Simmons | 06 December, 2017, 01:16

As president, he is encouraging 83-year-old Utah Sen.

Last week, amid the chaotic upheaval caused by Donald Trump's Twitter endorsement of three anti-Muslim videos created by an ultranationalist British group, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch told reporters that Trump was "one of the best presidents I've ever served under", adding, "the reason is he's not afraid to make decisions".

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

The president declined to publicly attack the 2012 GOP presidential nominee on Monday, saying only that "Mitt's a good man".

Romney has reportedly been meeting with local GOP power brokers, contacting major donors and campaigning for local candidates -moves seen as steps toward a potential 2018 run for the seat now held by Hatch, according to reports that surfaced earlier this month.

"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.

"Whether it's confirming judges, passing tax reform or accomplishing any part of his agenda, Hatch is a key player in getting anything done", Hatch spokesman Matt Whitlock said late Sunday.

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Trump has mostly tried to sway Hatch behind the scenes.

"He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president and his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill", Romney said.

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. Orrin Hatch prior to speaking at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., December 4, 2017.

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.

Romney's team believed earlier in the year that Hatch would not seek another term. And indeed, Hatch was reportedly telling friends he wouldn't. Trump previously said he is doing it for Hatch.

They said Hatch visited Trump during the first week of his presidency where they spoke about Utah's national monuments and the then unoccupied seat of the Supreme Court.

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