Trump and his fiercest critic Romney friends again - on Twitter

Katrina Barker
February 20, 2018

Romney is considered a heavy favorite for the Senate seat held by Orrin Hatch.

Having been one of the Republican Party's fiercest internal critics of U.S. President Donald Trump, Romney didn't mention the administration or Trump himself in a campaign announcement posted online.

Romney, 70, will be the heavy favourite for the Senate seat being opened by Sen. The longtime senator announced his retirement in January even as Trump pushed him to run again.

Romney, the former governor of MA and the 2012 Republican nominee for president, formally announced last Friday that he would seek the seat that will be vacated by Sen.

Mitt Romney "has announced he is running for the Senate from the wonderful State of Utah", Mr Trump wrote on the social media platform.

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

Romney's designs on the Utah seat were known well before he announced last week.

He is scheduled to give a speech Friday night at a GOP county dinner event in Provo, south of Salt Lake City.

He remained critical of Trump, voicing his dissent with the president after his response to the Charlottesville protests and criticizing a comment he made about immigration from "shithole countries". Romney is respected in the state for taking over the troubled games amid planning and financial disarray. He's a Brigham Young University graduate who went on to become the first Mormon presidential nominee of a major political party. "We go into this clear-eyed that this is going to be quite a challenging election".

Trump has not always been so positive about Romney: in 2016 he taunted him for "choking like a dog" over the former MA governor's failed presidential bid against Barack Obama in 2012.

Before moving into the White House, Trump pursued Romney for a potential secretary of state nominations, but eventually pegged former Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson for the gig.

Neverthelesss, it seems Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell was correct when he said on Saturday that he "can't imagine" Trump would not support Romney's candidacy.

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