Does Trump Have It Out for Mitt Romney?

Trump tries to block Mitt Romney from becoming Utah senator

However, it seems Romney's possible bid has another opponent: his old frenemy Donald Trump.

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

"In 2016, Romney said of Trump, among other things, "(he) is a phony, a fraud. But according to Politico, the president has launched a one-man campaign to urge Hatch to run for re-election, which has been widely read as a slight to his former political foe, Mitt Romney.

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.

In September, UtahPolicy.com similarly reported that Romney is planning to run for Senate pending Hatch's retirement. Just a few weeks ago, one source told the Atlantic that the plan for Hatch to retire and Romney to run was "reported to me as a 'done deal, '" and back in March Hatch called Romney the "perfect" candidate to fill his seat should he opt to step down. Romney and Hatch are Mormons.

"Whether it's confirming judges, passing tax reform or accomplishing any part of his agenda, Hatch is a key player in getting anything done", Hatch spokesman Matt Whitlock said late Sunday.

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Asked if he was going seek re-election, Hatch told reporters: "We'll have to see".

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

"I've gotten to know a lot of people very well", the president said in introductory remarks focused on Hatch during a Salt Lake City speech about national monuments. Trump later thanked Hatch on Twitter saying, "Let's continue to make America great again!"

Romney has called out Trump several times.

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.

Romney made clear that he took a dim view of Trump's endorsement on Monday of Republican Roy Moore for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama that will be decided in a special election next week.

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