Trump: Romney Will Be a 'Great Senator'

He endorses his Utah Senate run
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 20, 2018 1:18 AM CST
Trump Endorses Romney for Senate
Then-President-elect Donald Trump, center, eats dinner with Mitt Romney, right, and then-chief of staff Reince Priebus at Jean-Georges restaurant, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in New York.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Mitt Romney and President Trump have traded their share of insults in the past, but they appear ready to let bygones be bygones: Trump endorsed Romney's Senate run Monday night, tweeting that the 2012 Republican nominee "will make a great Senator and worthy successor" to Sen. Orrin Hatch and has his "full support and endorsement," the Salt Lake Tribune reports. In response, Romney tweeted: "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." Romney said in 2016 that Trump was a "phony" and he wouldn't vote for him, and Trump reportedly urged the 83-year-old Hatch to seek another term to keep Romney out of the Senate.

Trump and Romney appeared to have buried the hatchet after the 2016 election but there were a few clashes in 2017, with Romney criticizing Trump on issues including immigration and Trump accusing Romney of choking "like a dog" in 2012, Politico reports. Romney, who is expected to easily win the GOP nomination in Utah, didn't attack Trump when he formally announced the bid last week, though he did make it clear that he has a different view of immigration. "Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world," he said. "Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion." (During his campaign, Trump said Romney would have "dropped to his knees" for his endorsement.)

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