On Monday, President Trump seemingly gave his full backing to 2012 GOP presidential nominee, Mitt Romney’s bid for a seat in the Utah Senate. Mitt Romney announced last week that he would seek the nomination to replace Senator Orrin Hatch who will be retiring from the position.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2018
Trump’s endorsement seems to indicate that the two GOP members have buried the hatchet, at least momentarily. Romney responded to the president’s tweet, expressing gratitude and hoping that the same support will be present among Utah citizens.
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.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) February 20, 2018
The relationship between Romney and Trump has been turbulent in the past, to say the least. In 2016, Romney called Trump, a “phony” and a “fraud” during the GOP primary. In that same year, Trump said that the former Massachusetts governor had “choked like a dog”, referring to his failed 2012 bid against President Barack Obama.
Mitt Romney had his chance to beat a failed president but he choked like a dog. Now he calls me racist-but I am least racist person there is
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 11, 2016
Romney’s didn’t hold back in 2017 either, as he criticized the President for his weak response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. He targeted Trump as early as last month, as he criticized the president’s use of an obscenity to describe African countries, calling his remarks inconsistent with American history and values.
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