There is certainly no love lost between Mitt Romney and President Trump. So, when the former announced his Senate campaign in Utah last week, political observers were anxious to see how the President would respond.
Romney, who relished his role as a never-Trumper during the 2016 election, even took a veiled shot at Trump during his campaign announcement.
“Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world,” Romney declared. “Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion.”
As the President rarely pulls punches on what he is thinking, his response to Romney’s announcement was widely anticipated. But it wasn’t the fire and fury one would expect.
“Mitt Romney has announced he is running for the Senate from the wonderful State of Utah,” Trump said. “He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to Orrin Hatch, and has my full support and endorsement!”
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 20, 2018
It’s clear President Trump knows full-well that the best-assembled team of Republican leaders might include some who don’t quite see eye-to-eye with him. He doesn’t let old feuds stand in the way of his ‘Make America Great Again’ agenda.
This, despite the fact that Romney once referred to Trump as “a con man, a fake and a phony” who was “playing us for suckers.”
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And supporters of the President certainly haven’t forgotten about Mitt’s past transgressions.
Trump endorsed Mitt Romney for Senate.
This would be like Holyfield’s ear endorsing Mike Tyson.
It makes no sense.
— Only The Truth (@iMeltSn0wflakes) February 20, 2018
— ImNotFakeNews (@harpus88) February 20, 2018
“Mitt Romney for Senate” pic.twitter.com/Ng6Wjn7ULn
— 💖 Karen 💋 (@MissingReagan) February 20, 2018
Romney thanked President Trump for his endorsement, saying “I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah.”
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
Romney has said that while the pair may not agree about everything – including some things that the President says – he agrees with much of his agenda.
“I‘m with the president’s domestic policy agenda of low taxes, low regulation, smaller government, pushing back against the bureaucrats,” he said. “I‘m not always with the president on what he might say or do, and if that happens I’ll call‘em like I see‘em, the way I have in the past.”
President Trump has repeatedly stated he needs more Republicans elected to Congress in 2018 to help push his pro-America policies forward.
Looks like the two will put their grudge behind them and work for the American people.
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