Hatch, who is flying to Utah and back Monday with Trump on Air Force One, has been one of the president's most loyal and outspoken supporters in the Senate. But according to Politico, the president has launched a one-man campaign to urge Hatch to run for re-election, which has been widely read as a slight to his former political foe, Mitt 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. "He's been one of the best presidents I've served under, and the reason is he's not afraid to make decisions", Hatch said when asked about Trump's retweets of videos of Muslim violence from fringe British political group Britain First.
Privately, he said he would prioritize stopping Romney, even if it meant backing Hatch, who entered the Senate in 1977. Mitt Romney from running for the Senate seat. But suddenly backed by Trump, Hatch seems to be leaning in another direction.
A source close to Breitbart News chairman Steve Bannon told the Washington Examiner that he would absolutely consider backing Hatch.
He charged that Trump's domestic policies would lead to recession and his foreign policies would make the world more unsafe.
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Yet Hatch, the longest-serving Republican senator in history, is now refusing to rule out another campaign - a circumstance Romney's infuriated inner circle blames squarely on the president.
Trump considered picking Romney as his secretary of state a year ago but opted instead for Rex Tillerson. They also said both politicians are expected to meet Mormon leaders immediately after reaching Utah, and then will proceed to the state capitol where Trump will reportedly sign the executive order to reduce the size of Utah's Bears Ears and Grand-Staircase Escalante national monuments.
Trump called Hatch "a very special man" on Monday.
Romney made clear that he took a dim view of Trump's endorsement on Monday of Republican Roy Moore for a U.S. Senate seat in Alabama that will be decided in a special election next week.