Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah, the longest-serving Republican senator in USA history, announced today that he will retire at the end of this term.
Romney was a vocal critic of Trump's during the 2016 election and could be a potential thorn in the president's side in the Senate. He said he's always been a fighter, "but every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves".
When news broke that Orrin Hatch will not run for re-election, social media erupted with photos of a steely-eyed Mitt Romney on a horse, set against a stormy sky. "Ann and I wish Senator Orrin Hatch and his loving wife Elaine all the best in their future endeavors".
"Only in a nation like ours could someone like me - the scrappy son of a simple carpenter - grow up to become a United States senator", he said, addressing Utah voters.
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The senator returned the favor at the White House when Mr. Trump signed the tax measure, calling him "one heck of a leader".
Romney, who sought the GOP nomination in 2008 and got it in 2012, also laid into Trump during that speech for "the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics".
Romney maintains residence in Utah and was the president and CEO of the Salt Lake City Olympic Committee before going on to serve as governor of MA and challenge Barack Obama as the Republican nominee in the 2012 presidential election. Over golf, Trump asked Sen.
He is the longest-serving Republican in the Senate and chairs the powerful Senate Finance Committee, making him a major force in getting a tax overhaul approved in December. Last month, Mr. Trump spoke to Romney, according to White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
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During an event last month at the Utah Capitol where Trump celebrated the administration's decision to shrink the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase-Escalante national monuments, Trump called Hatch "a true fighter" and said he hoped the Republican would continue to serve "in the Senate for a very long time to come".
The president has had Mr. Romney on his mind. "Hatch more than anybody".
"I don't think we've made a determination in terms of campaigning", Sanders said with a laugh when confronted with who may run for his seat.
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I'm not saying that I will come to politics (smiles). "My political entry is definite". You also have to strategise. "So, on December 31, I will reveal my political plans".