Trump Lends Endorsement To Mitt Romney?

Mitt Romney
"Wait, what? He endorsed me?"

President Donald Trump endorsed candidate Mitt Romney in the Senate race, on Monday night. Mitt Romney is hoping to replace Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) who is about to retire, despite reportedly urging Hatch to run for reelection to block Romney out.

There were a series of tweets by President Donald Trump and Mitt Romney, extending support and appreciating Romney’s capabilities, “He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support and endorsement!” Trump tweeted.

His full tweet read, “@MittRomney has announced he is running for the Senate from the wonderful State of Utah. He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support and endorsement!”

Mitt Romney also replied to the President’s Tweet, writing, “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.”

Mitt Romney, who is hoping to replace retiring Senator Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), also mentioned in another tweet that “If Trump had said 4 years ago the things he says today about the KKK, Muslims, Mexicans, disabled, I would NOT have accepted his endorsement.”

Romney met President Donald Trump in hopes of becoming the Secretary of State, once Donald Trump became the president. In his speech at the Salt Lake City, President Donald Trump said to Hatch that “We hope you will continue to serve your state and the country in the Senate for a very long time to come.”

Republican strategist, Ryan Williams said that “The governor understands that the president is the leader of the political party, the Republican Party.” Ryan Williams has also worked on Romney’s campaign in the year 2012. “The president shapes the party. When the governor was the nominee in 2012, he was the de facto leader of the party, but now President Trump is. But that doesn’t mean that will affect his views.”

On Friday, Mitt Romney made his long-suspected Senate bid, saying now “is the right time to serve” Utah and its people.

In a video released earlier to announce his campaign, Romney said that “I have decided to run for United States Senate because I believe I can help bring Utah’s values and Utah’s lessons to Washington. Utah is a better model for Washington than Washington is for Utah.”

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Andrew McNealy has been writing and reporting for more than three decades, including stints at major news outlets and publications. He has been married to his wife, Susan, since 1978, and together they have three children and two grandkids.