Trump's Utah Agenda: Keep Romney Out of the Senate

Romney moves toward Senate bid

Last week, amid the chaotic upheaval caused by Donald Trump's Twitter endorsement of three anti-Muslim videos created by an ultranationalist British group, Utah Senator Orrin Hatch told reporters that Trump was "one of the best presidents I've ever served under", adding, "the reason is he's not afraid to make decisions".

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.

But the journey west may have served a political goal for the president - to keep a political rival out of Washington. 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".

There are 1 comment on the Reuters story from 3 hrs ago, titled In slap at Romney, Trump says he wants Orrin Hatch to run for re-election. The 83-year-old Republican had even blessed Romney as his "perfect" replacement. Hatch's wife wants him to retire.

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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.

The president's motives aren't hard to discern: retaining Hatch would allow Trump to keep an ally close while spurning Romney, his onetime presidential primary opponent who remains a vocal critic, and who would in theory prove a much less obliging Congressman. Their suspicions are warranted: Trump has sounded off to friends about how he doesn't like the idea of a Senator Romney. "He's not afraid to take on the big boss around here", Hatch said. John McCain, R-Ariz., is gravely ill, Romney would also become the de facto head of the non-Trump republicans - although not necessarily the anti-Trump Republicans.

I mean, surely someone as well versed on both moral rectitude and rank opportunism as Mitt Romney can comprehend a political maneuver by someone whose butt he's alternately kicked and kissed.

During the 2016 presidential primary race, he labeled Trump a fraud and a phony in a University of Utah speech. But the two men seemed to reconcile over frog legs at dinner in the Trump International Hotel in NY during Trump's search for a secretary of state.

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