Trump endorses Romney for Senate bid in Utah

President-elect Donald Trump, who Monday endorsed Mitt Romney's bid for the U.S. Senate, gives the thumbs-up as Romney leaves Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 | Associated Press photo by Carolyn Kaster, St. George News

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump is endorsing Mitt Romney in Utah’s Senate race, another sign that the two Republicans are burying the hatchet after a fraught relationship.

The GOP’s presidential nominee in 2012, Romney announced last week he would seek the nomination to replace retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch. In a tweet Monday night, Trump wrote, “He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support and endorsement!” Romney quickly accepted the endorsement via Twitter.

Trump has not always been so positive about Romney the political candidate. In 2016 Trump said the former Massachusetts governor had “choked like a dog” during his failed 2012 bid against President Barack Obama.

For his part, Romney gave a scathing critique of then-candidate Trump during the GOP primary that year, calling him a “phony” who was unfit for office. More recently, Romney criticized Trump’s response to last year’s deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and last month called Trump’s use of an obscenity to describe African countries as inconsistent with American history and values.

Members of both political parties have suggested that Romney, if elected to the Senate, would continue to call out Trump if he believed the president warranted criticism. However, Romney did not mention Trump or his scandal-plagued administration in his campaign announcement on Friday, focusing instead on how his adopted state of Utah could be a model for better government in Washington.

Asked Friday if he would seek or accept Trump’s endorsement, Romney demurred but said they had talked on the phone two or three times in recent months and had a cordial and respectful relationship.

Within minutes of Trump’s tweet Monday night, Romney sent one of his own: “Thank you Mr. President for the support. I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah.”


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  • hiker75 February 20, 2018 at 8:01 am

    The former governor of Massachusetts makes a run for senate in Utah… hmmm. We will see how supportive Thump is of Romney once he is in office. Keep an eye on Twitter folks.

  • Death Valley February 20, 2018 at 9:31 am

    Trump giving anyone an endorsement is a kiss of death. Perfect for Mittens.
    Romney is a carpet bagger who wants to replace another carpet bagger. Garbage in, garbage out.
    When is this state going to wake the he\\ up and stop voting for establishment hacks? How about giving people who actually LIVE in Utah a chance to run for office, Mitt? Orrin Hatch has sat on his fat a$$ his whole term and people worship him. What did Hatch do besides enrich himself and his crony friends? That’s right, nothing.
    Utah needs a political enema. Here’s to hoping we’re smart enough this time around to see through another sham of a politician. But I’m not holding my breath.

  • PlanetU February 20, 2018 at 8:36 pm

    trump and mitt the twitt, what hypocrites. they deserve each other. we don’t.

  • Larry February 21, 2018 at 7:11 am

    If you are going to drain a swamp, the last thing you should be doing is opening a valve and refilling it with raw sewage. (from Massachusetts)

  • Big Al February 21, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Can’t think of a worse person to represent this State. Trump only endorsed him because he doesn’t think there will be a challenger for Mitt. I will vote for an actual candidate that has spent time, money and raising a family here. No one was more vicious in their comments to President Trump than Mitt. Not even any Democrat was as demeaning as Romney. Romney is a Pretender or in other words as the “Good Book” says: a Hypocrite.

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