Trump endorses Romney's Senate bid - and Romney accepts

Romney And Trump Set Aside Differences, Romney Accepts POTUS' Endorsement

Mitt Romney says he has a cordial relationship with President Donald Trump but would continue to speak out when he disagrees with the president if elected to the U.S. Senate seat in Utah now held by retiring Orrin Hatch.

Romney officially announced his Senate run on Friday with a video that took shots at Washington while praising Utah's fiscal restraint and embrace of immigrants.

Trump said Romney "will make a great Senator and worthy successor to [Orrin Hatch], and has my full support and endorsement!"

Though he was one of Trump's earliest and harshest critics during the president's campaign, Romney told the Deseret News last week that he has spoken with the president multiple times in the past year and supports his domestic policies so far.

Romney's response (also on Twitter): "Thank you Mr. President for the support".

Mr Trump later invited Mr Romney to visit him during the presidential transition period before the inauguration, fueling speculation that the former MA governor was being considered to be Mr Trump's Secretary of State. "I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah", he wrote. "Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion", Romney said.




Trump in turn ripped Romney for losing to Obama in 2012, often saying he "choked".

Romney is considered a heavy favorite for the Senate seat held by Orrin Hatch.

As he did in two presidential campaigns, Romney's announcement highlights his stewardship of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

In a famously scathing speech delivered in the midst of the presidential campaign in March 2016, the former MA governor who ran unsuccessfully against President Obama in 2012 called Trump a "con man" whose promises are "as worthless as a degree from Trump University". He's a Brigham Young University graduate who went on to become the first Mormon presidential nominee of a major political party.

Romney heavily criticized then-candidate Trump in a 2016 speech, calling him a "phony" and a "fraud". Can anyone forget his audition - and rejection - to be Trump's Secretary of State during the transition?

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