Trump Says He's Encouraging Orrin Hatch To Run For Another Senate Term

Then President-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney at 2016 meeting. AP

Orrin Hatch to extend his streak as the longest-serving Republican in Senate history.

President Donald Trump is aiming to block Republican and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney's run for Utah's senator by trying to convince seven-term state Sen. Trump will also meet with Mormon leaders in Utah with Hatch by his side.

The president declined to publicly attack the 2012 GOP presidential nominee on Monday, saying only that "Mitt's a good man".

Hatch, the second senator to endorse Trump during the presidential campaign, has said he's running again but has not announced a final decision.

"Whether Romney would maintain his critiques if he landed in Washington is a matter of some debate; sources close to him told the Atlantic that he would consider toning it down, "at least at first", and would focus instead on "[using] his status as an elder statesman in the G.O.P.to rally congressional Republicans around conservative legislative initiatives". "I don't know that he knows what he's going to get with Romney, but it's not going to be what he's got with Hatch", Jowers reportedly said.

Romney fiercely criticized Trump during last year's campaign and came to personify the "Never Trump" movement for a time. Either way, Trump-not to mention his former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, who is allegedly considering a Hatch endorsement-may not have much of a choice in the matter.

"He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president and his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill", Romney said.

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Obama also met Saturday with France's former president Francois Hollande and Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. That was the paycheck Obama cashed after speaking to a Wall Street bank in September.

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

Trump called Hatch in October to and requested he run again, sources familiar with the call told Politico.

But he said he didn't make any promises to the president.

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

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

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.

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