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Trump Endorses Romney Senate Bid       02/20 06:15

   WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump is endorsing Mitt Romney in Utah's 
Senate race, another sign that the two Republicans are burying the hatchet 
after a fraught relationship.

   The GOP's presidential nominee in 2012, Romney announced last week he would 
seek the nomination to replace retiring Sen. Orrin Hatch. In a tweet Monday 
night, Trump wrote, "He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to 
@OrrinHatch, and has my full support and endorsement!" Romney quickly accepted 
the endorsement via Twitter.

   Trump has not always been so positive about Romney the political candidate. 
In 2016 Trump said the former Massachusetts governor had "choked like a dog" 
during his failed 2012 bid against President Barack Obama.

   For his part, Romney gave a scathing critique of then-candidate Trump during 
the GOP primary that year, calling him a "phony" who was unfit for office. More 
recently, Romney criticized Trump's response to last year's deadly white 
supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, and last month called Trump's 
use of an obscenity to describe African countries as inconsistent with American 
history and values.

   Members of both political parties have suggested that Romney, if elected to 
the Senate, would continue to call out Trump if he believed the president 
warranted criticism. However, Romney did not mention Trump or his 
scandal-plagued administration in his campaign announcement on Friday, focusing 
instead on how his adopted state of Utah could be a model for better government 
in Washington.

   Asked Friday if he would seek or accept Trump's endorsement, Romney demurred 
but said they had talked on the phone two or three times in recent months and 
had a cordial and respectful relationship.

   Within minutes of Trump's tweet Monday night, Romney sent one of his own: 
"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."


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