Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Trump Working Against A Future Senator Romney

Trump Working Against A Future Senator Romney

Hatch spokesman Matthew Whitlock said "the senator appreciates the president's support and plans to make a decision on whether or not to run again by the end of the year".

"I've gotten to know a lot of people very well", the president said in introductory remarks focused on Hatch during a Salt Lake City speech about national monuments.

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.

President Donald Trump is taking steps to persuade longtime U.S. Sen. Romney and Hatch are Mormons.

James Curry is a political scientist at the University of Utah. "He's not afraid to take on the big boss around here", Hatch said. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to run for an eighth term.

But the two will fly together on Air Force One to Salt Lake City on Monday where the president is expected to slash the sizes of Bear Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments.

Steve Bannon took aim at Romney for receiving a draft deferment for missionary work
Steve Bannon took aim at Romney for receiving a draft deferment for missionary work

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.

Trump called Hatch in October to and requested he run again, sources familiar with the call told Politico. During their event Monday at the Utah State Capitol, Trump said he hoped the Utahn would stay in the Senate "for a very long time to come".

"There's widespread concern within the White House that Romney in the Senate could make Trump's life hard", reported Politico's Alex Isenstadt, noting Romney's vociferous condemnations of Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign. Their suspicions are warranted: Trump has sounded off to friends about how he doesn't like the idea of a Senator Romney, Politico reports.

Such concern apparently exists outside the White House as well.

Romney has called out Trump several times.

A source close to Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon told the Washington Examiner that he would absolutely consider backing Hatch. Either way, Trump-not to mention his former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who is allegedly considering a Hatch endorsement-may not have much of a choice in the matter.

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