Trump endorses Mitt Romney for Senate

Trump endorses Mitt Romney for Senate

The president endorsed Republican Mitt Romney for senator, a position the former MA governor hopes to inherit from retiring GOP Sen.

"Mitt Romney has announced he is running for the Senate from the wonderful State of Utah", Trump wrote on Twitter.

And the pro-family activist believes Romney would be far cry from Hatch, who has been a staunch supporter of President Trump.

Donald Trump sits at a table with former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney at Jean Georges Restaurant on November 29, 2016, in New York City.

He was among the top Republican critics of President Trump during the 2016 campaign.

"Those who don't like Trump and expect Romney to be the anti-Trump will be sadly disappointed, and those who are going to want President Trump to annihilate Mitt Romney will also be disappointed", said Boyd Matheson, who was chief of staff to Utah Sen.

Romney will face Democrat Jenny Wilson, a member of the Salt Lake County Council, in the 2018 race. Orrin Hatch's current seat. Trump wrote on Twitter on Monday night after returning to Washington from a long weekend in Florida at his Mar-a-Lago estate.

Romney's announcement video promised to bring "Utah values" to Washington D.C., boasting that "on Utah's capitol hill, people treat one another with respect."

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While he was the governor of MA from 2003 to 2007, Romney, a Mormon, has deep Utah ties, living there since 2013 and helping salvage the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

Romney appeared to be pleased with the endorsement.

Mitt Romney famously slammed Trump as a phony and a fraud during a 2016 speech.

After Trump's victory, the two enjoyed a brief rapprochement when Romney attended a dinner with the president-elect to discuss becoming secretary of state. He made no mention of Trump.

Romney accepted Trump's endorsement anyway - and it's not clear that he needs it. Utah is a deeply red state, and Romney's prospects are good.

Trump responded by calling Romney "one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics", and the two continued to exchange barbs.

Last year, he also endorsed accused child molester Roy Moore in his Senate run in Alabama and said both sides were to blame for violence that erupted at neo-Nazi protests in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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