Trump endorses Romney in run for US Senate seat in Utah

President Donald Trump on Monday endorsed former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's run for a US Senate seat in Utah, despite Romney often being critical of Trump.

Romney even said that he would have rejected Trump's 2012 endorsement of his presidential run in a 2016 tweet in light of Trump's attacks on minorities.

An outspoken critic of President Trump, Romney said in a video officially announcing his candidacy that "Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in Washington".

Romney was quick to latch on to the endorsement and run with it on his own Twitter page. "I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah". "I'm not always with the president on what he might say or do, and if that happens I'll call'em like I see'em, the way I have in the past".

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Romney said Trump was playing Americans "for suckers" and predicted that he would never release his tax returns as promised because "He has too much to hide".

President-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney dine at Jean Georges restaurant, November 29, 2016 in New York City. 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.

Romney announced late last week that he would be going after the Senate seat after current Senator Orrin Hatch said he would not seek reelection. He's a Brigham Young University graduate who went on to become the first Mormon presidential nominee of a major political party.

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During the 2016 Republican primary, Romney lashed out at then front-running candidate Trump, calling him a "phony" and a "fraud".

All appeared to be forgiven after Trump snagged his surprise White House victory and Romney was rumored to be courting him for a secretary of state appointment.

Amid intense conservative opposition to the national law, however, Romney distanced himself during his 2012 campaign from his MA accomplishments, arguing that he had pursued a state solution that wasn't appropriate at the federal level.

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  • Ryan Wade