Trump says he wants Senator Orrin Hatch to seek re-election in Utah

Cheryl Sanders
December 4, 2017

And then he nudged the seven-term senator to run again in 2018. During their event Monday at the Utah State Capitol, Trump said he hoped the Utahn would stay in the Senate "for a very long time to come". Orrin Hatch to Utah on Monday to announce his decision to roll back the size of former President Barack Obama's last-minute designation of two national monuments in Utah.

Reports have surfaced that Trump wants to prevent 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney from potentially mounting a Senate bid for Hatch's seat if the 83-year-old Hatch retires. Trump previously said he is doing it for Hatch. "Mitt's a good man".

The president's mostly behind-the-scenes campaign to sway Hatch will burst into public view on Monday, when he arrives in Salt Lake City to hold a well-choreographed event created to showcase his affection for the powerful Senate Finance Committee chairman. And indeed, Hatch was reportedly telling friends he wouldn't.

If he chooses to run, Hatch will begin the election year with a pair of hard-fought victories.


Despite the Breitbart chairman's declarations of "war" against the Republican establishment, Hatch - the longest serving current Republican senator and "ally" to Senate Majority Leader (and Breitbart nemesis) Mitch McConnell - is a more preferable choice than Romney.

Hatch also lobbied for reconsideration of the Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase national monuments, which were drastically reduced by Trump on Monday.

Some of Romney's political advisers recently visited Utah to scout out office space for a potential campaign headquarters. Romney has been public about his disagreements with Trump and is a key figure in the Never Trump movement, while Hatch was an early supporter of Trump during the 2016 campaign and has since defended Trump's presidency.

Trump is not hindered by ideological considerations, but his former strategist is.


Trump gave a one-word reply: "Yes".

"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. "He's not afraid to take on the big mouths around here". While many Republican senators disdain the president - and some even criticize him publicly - the Utah senator speaks positively about Trump.

President Trump shakes the hand of Sen.


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