Trump Offers Endorsement, Romney Caves Immediately

Trump Offers Endorsement, Romney Caves Immediately”

Mitt Romney says he has a cordial relationship with President Donald Trump but would continue to speak out when he disagrees with the president if elected to the U.S. Senate seat in Utah now held by retiring Orrin Hatch.

Some of that tension appeared to wane after reports that Trump was considering Romney to be his secretary of state, but the president has reportedly remained wary of Romney's allegiances and lobbied heavily for Hatch to run for re-election rather than retire.

Trump said on Twitter that Romney "will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support and endorsement!"

The two have not always gotten along in the past.

Despite Trump's 2012 endorsement, Romney joined a group of #NeverTrump Republicans who spoke out against Trump in 2016 describing the presidential candidate as a phony and a fraud. Later Trump adviser Roger Stone claimed the president-elect only interviewed Romney "in order to torture him".

At the time, Trump responded by saying Romney "choked like a dog" during his presidential run.

"Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world", he said in the video.

"I see way too much demagoguery and populism on both sides of the aisle, and I only hope and aspire we'll see more greatness", he said in March 2016.

Hours after making his campaign announcement early Friday, Romney filed paperwork with Utah's elections office allowing him to start collecting the signatures of 28,000 registered Republicans to earn a spot on a June primary ballot.

As it turns out, Trump could have saved the $215 he spent on Romney's dinner.

Romney said last week he generally approved of Trump's agenda, but would not hesitate to call out the president if needed.

Later, Romney dropped by a campaign volunteer booth set up at Utah Valley University in Orem, where he shook hands and posed for pictures with a mob of excited college students he asked to sign his candidate nominating petition.

Romney, who was the Republican presidential nominee in 2012, is the heavy favorite to win the seat due to his popularity in Utah and strong name recognition.

Shortly after Romney sent that tweet, a two-year-old tweet of his resurfaced that showed Romney with a far different opinion of then-candidate Trump.

Barrow reported from Atlanta.

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