"He's not afraid to take on the big mouths around here". "Let's continue MAKING AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!" the president replied on Twitter.
President Donald Trump is reportedly working behind the scenes to convince Utah Republican Sen.
According to Politico, Romney himself has grown frustrated by the "ongoing uncertainty" about Hatch's future plans, especially after the senator encouraged him to consider run in the first place. Trump frequently characterized Romney as a "failed candidate" and a "disaster" for the Republican party.
Romney, 70, is viewed as a virtual lock to win if he chooses to run for the Senate seat (and Hatch doesn't), with hypothetical polls showing he'd beat his potential Democratic opponent in the heavily Republican, heavily Mormon state by an increasingly huge margin.
At another event, Trump mouthed "yes" when asked whether he wanted Hatch to run again in 2018 while pushing a shopping cart through The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' Welfare Square as he purported to look for tuna. This anemic support makes Hatch vulnerable to defeat, regardless of who enters the race.
The president's motives aren't hard to discern: retaining Hatch would allow Trump to keep an ally close while spurning Romney, his onetime presidential primary opponent who remains a vocal critic, and who would in theory prove a much less obliging Congressman. Next, Trump and Hatch will head to the state capitol to sign an executive order sharply reducing two Utah national monuments established by his predecessors. Orrin G. Hatch to run for reelection, lavishing praise on the Utah Republican on several occasions during a brief visit to the snow-covered state.
Hatch, the president pro tem of the Senate, recently tweeted that Trump is the best president he has served under in the line of succession.
Trump's opposition to Senator Romney isn't that surprising. He's playing the members of the American public for suckers.
Such concern apparently exists outside the White House as well. 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.
But as we were reminded when Trump attacked Hilary Clinton again Monday morning over her treatment by the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there are some political rivalries President Trump just can't seem to get over.
Breitbart editor in chief and former Trump advisor Steven Bannon also is reportedly trying to keep Romney from running for Senate in his effort to keep establishment Republicans out of Washington.