Does Trump Have It Out for Mitt Romney?

Trump says he's encouraging Hatch to run for reelection

President Donald Trump said on Monday he wants U.S. Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah to run for re-election next year, putting Trump on a collision course with Republican rival Mitt Romney, who wants to run for Hatch's seat. However, the 83-year-old politician's refusal to leave the office has resulted in Romney's inner circle blaming Trump by claiming that the president is not comfortable with the idea of the former presidential candidate becoming a senator. Trump himself seemed to confirm the theory during a speech at the Utah State Capitol on Monday, when he addressed Hatch before the crowd. But Trump reportedly put a wrench in that plan, telling Hatch over the phone, "Orrin, I really hope you will consider running again". "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 reportedly said.

The president replied "yes" when asked Monday if he was encouraging the Utah Republican to run for re-election during a visit to a Salt Lake City food bank.

"In 2016, Romney said of Trump, among other things, "(he) is a phony, a fraud.

Such concern apparently exists outside the White House as well.

The report also stated two senior administration officials who said Trump's favor for Hatch is not only for blocking Romney, but also because Hatch defended the president during a turbulent time when an "Access Hollywood" video tape leaked, which showed the POTUS bragging about sexually assaulting women. 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. "His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University".

"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.

Trump considered picking Romney as his secretary of state a year ago but opted instead for Rex Tillerson.

He charged that Trump's domestic policies would lead to recession and his foreign policies would make the world more risky.

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