Donald Trump Responds To Utah Senator Orrin Hatch's Retirement

03 January, 2018, 02:09 | Author: Bert Pena
  • Sen. Orrin Hatch R-Utah listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington Sept. 20 2017. Hatch says he is retiring after four decades in Senate (Alex Brandon  AP

"As chairman of the Senate Finance and Judiciary Committees and as the longest-serving Republican senator in U.S. history, Senator Hatch has represented the interests of Utah with distinction and honor", he said.

The Senate Finance Committee chairman released a video statement on Twitter where he reflected on his extensive career in national politics.

"Every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves", said 83-year-old Mr Hatch.

"Senator Hatch has represented the interests of Utah with distinction and honor", Romney wrote. Over golf, Trump asked Sen. Trump has the "greatest and deepest respect" for Hatch, particularly for the role he played in passing tax reform.

Romney, the former MA governor who now lives in Utah, thanked Hatch in a statement on Facebook and said Hatch "has represented the interests of Utah with distinction and honor".

The president has had Mr. Romney on his mind. "I will never forget the (beyond kind) statements he has made about me as President", he added.

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"When the President visited Utah last month, he said I was a fighter".

Hatch's announcement rejuvenated already lively talk of a possible Romney return to the political arena.

Bannon, of course, would need to find a Romney opponent to back - ideally one who won't be accused of sexual misconduct with teenage girls, like Moore, or cozy up to white supremacists, like Paul Nehlen, a challenger to House Speaker Paul D. Ryan, R-Wis., whom Breitbart supported in 2016.

Huckabee Sanders said it is premature to speculate as to whether Trump would campaign for the Republican candidate who will emerge in Utah.

As the president prodded Mr. Hatch to stay, voices in his home state were urging him to go.

A spokeswoman for Romney didn't immediately respond to a request for comment on Hatch's retirement announcement, and it is unclear if he is interested in succeeding the elder statesman in the upper chamber. "If he doesnt, the voters should end it for him", the editorial concluded. "As your senator, Ive always sought to fight for those who could not fight for themselves".

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