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Salt Lake City - In Slap At Romney, Trump Says He Wants Orrin Hatch To Run For Re-election

Published on: December 4, 2017 02:55 PM
By: Reuters
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U.S. President Donald Trump is greeted by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) prior to speaking at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin LamarqueU.S. President Donald Trump is greeted by Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) prior to speaking at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., December 4, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Salt Lake City - 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.

Hatch, 83, has made noises about retiring from the Senate seat he has held since 1977 and Republican officials say Romney, a Utah resident who was the Republican 2012 presidential nominee, has been preparing to run for Hatch’s seat next year.

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But Trump, who has clashed with Romney in the past, said he wants Hatch to run for re-election.

“You are a true fighter, Orrin, I have to say,” Trump said at an event in Salt Lake City. “We hope you will continue to serve your state and your country in the Senate for a very long time to come.”

Romney, a former governor of Massachusetts who spends a great deal of time in Utah, has been expecting to run for Hatch’s seat in a state that Republicans typically win.

Trump considered picking Romney as his secretary of state a year ago but opted instead for Rex Tillerson. In August, Romney demanded Trump apologize for saying both sides were to blame for violence at a white-supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump did not apologize.

Trump demurred when asked whether he was trying to send Romney a message by encouraging Hatch to run again.

“He’s a good man. Mitt’s a good man,” Trump said.



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 Dec 04, 2017 at 11:14 PM Liepa Says:

With all due respect to POTUS, Trump made a big mistake by not selecting Mitt Romney for secretary of state. Whilst Rex Tillerson might be a great guy he doesn't compare to Romney. Sorry Trump, bad move !!!

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