Trump Urging Hatch to Run Again

Trump Urging Hatch to Run Again

The 83-year-old Hatch, whom Trump Utah campaign leader Don Peay called "one of the leading voices for the president during the entire campaign", and "clearly. a strong supporter of Trump from the beginning", began telling friends in October that he would retire at the end of his term.

President Donald Trump said on Monday he wants U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah to run for re-election, a move that puts Trump on a collision course with Republican rival Mitt Romney, who wants to run for Hatch's seat.

"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.

But the senator's office insists it's not to block former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney from getting into the race. "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", Jowers said. At the time, Hatch told Trump that he hadn't yet made up his mind.

Trump also encouraged Hatch to seek re-election in March, before the prospect of Romney's potential Senate run had even cropped up. Hatch, at the time, said he would consider stepping down if the former governor were willing to make a bid for the seat, according to reports.

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He charged that Trump's domestic policies would lead to recession and his foreign policies would make the world more unsafe. Trump previously said he is doing it for Hatch. The president last week also praised Hatch's efforts on passing the Republican tax bill.

Trump called Hatch a "fighter" during a speech at the Utah State Capitol later Monday.

Romney softened his opposition before the election, however, and was briefly considered to serve as Trump's secretary of state.

In August, after Trump said there was blame on both sides for violence stemming from a rally of white supremacists and Nazi sympathizers in Charlottesville, West Virginia, Romney said the president needed to apologize. "His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University".

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