But when the press followed up with a question about whether Trump's enthusiasm for Hatch was meant to deter Romney, he demurred, replying, "He's a good man. Mitt's a good man". Hatch, at the time, said he would consider stepping down if the former governor were willing to make a bid for the seat, according to reports.
Politico reported Sunday that Trump is going all out to persuade Hatch to seek re-election in no small part to prevent his longtime nemesis, Romney, from winning the seat. They also said both politicians are expected to meet Mormon leaders immediately after reaching Utah, and then will proceed to the state capitol where Trump will reportedly sign the executive order to reduce the size of Utah's Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante national monuments. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to run for an eighth term.
Romney has reportedly been meeting with local GOP power brokers, contacting major donors and campaigning for local candidates -moves seen as steps toward a potential 2018 run for the seat now held by Hatch, according to reports that surfaced earlier this month. Hatch, who is flying to Utah and back Monday with Trump on Air Force One, has been one of the president's most loyal and outspoken supporters in the Senate. "His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University", Romney said.
Hatch, the second senator to endorse Trump during the presidential campaign, has said he's running again but has not announced a final decision. But suddenly backed by Trump, Hatch seems to be leaning in another direction.
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The expansion, with $235 investment from India, has boosted the port's capacity from 2.5 million to 8.5 million tons a year. India has been closely working with Afghanistan to create alternative, reliable access routes, bypassing Pakistan.
Trump has vowed to try to block Romney, whom he views as a potential thorn in his side in the Senate, according to a White House official and an outside adviser who have discussed the possible bid with the president. "He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat", he added.
Romney has called out Trump several times.
"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".