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Trump Urging Hatch to Run Again

06 December 2017

President Donald Trump is reportedly working behind the scenes to convince Utah Republican Sen.

Although Trump aides attributed the president's efforts to his bond with Hatch, those close to Romney believe the president's primary motivation is to keep Romney, whom he publicly sparred with throughout the 2016 campaign, from entering the Senate, according to Politico.

But the senator's office insists it's not to block former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney from getting into the race.

However, Utah Republican House Speaker Greg Hughes maintained Romney "could be a great ally of the president, but, as you well know, they're very different people and have very different personalities".

Romney, 70, a former governor of MA 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.

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Hatch in April said he would "consider" retiring if Romney ran for his seat.

Romney has been considering a Senate run for months, but he may only seek for the GOP nomination if Hatch declines to run for another term. "He's not afraid to take on the big boss around here".

According to three White House officials, Trump will be making a nine-hour round trip journey on Air Force One with Hatch.

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.

Also, Trump's former chief strategist, Steve Bannon, is contemplating endorsing Hatch to block Romney, the Washington Examiner reported Sunday.

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Hatch will accompany Trump on his trip to Salt Lake, to his meetings and the signing of an executive order that will reduce the size of the Bears Ears and Escalante national monuments.

Trump called Hatch "a very special man" on Monday.

Romney has called out Trump several times.

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

In August, after Trump said there was blame on both sides for violence stemming from a rally of white supremacists and Nazi sympathizers in Charlottesville, West Virginia, Romney said the president needed to apologize. "Morally different universes", Romney tweeted, following up with a Facebook post urging Trump to "act now for the good of the country".

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Trump Urging Hatch to Run Again