The Atlantic reported in April that Romney, formerly governor of MA and the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, was considering the possibility of running for Hatch's seat. He called Trump's endorsement "certainly is a nice thing", but did not say whether it would influence his decision.
Privately, he said he would prioritize stopping Romney, even if it meant backing Hatch, who entered the Senate in 1977. Just a few weeks ago, one source told the Atlantic that the plan for Hatch to retire and Romney to run was "reported to me as a 'done deal, '" and back in March Hatch called Romney the "perfect" candidate to fill his seat should he opt to step down.
Romney has been considering a Senate run for months, but he may only seek for the GOP nomination if Hatch declines to run for another term. At the time, Hatch told Trump that he hadn't yet made up his mind.
The report also stated two senior administration officials who said Trump's favor for Hatch is not only for blocking Romney, but also because Hatch defended the president during a turbulent time when an "Access Hollywood" video tape leaked, which showed the POTUS bragging about sexually assaulting women.
Romney softened his opposition before the election, however, and was briefly considered to serve as Trump's secretary of state.
Trump's push to stop Romney's prospective Senate bid puts him in line with former White House strategist, Steve Bannon, according to a person familiar with discussions between the president and the Breitbart News head. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) prior to speaking at the Utah State Capitol in Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S., December 4, 2017.
Hatch will accompany Trump on his trip to Salt Lake, to his meetings and the signing of an executive order that will reduce the size of the Bears Ears and Escalante national monuments.
In September, UtahPolicy.com similarly reported that Romney is planning to run for Senate pending Hatch's retirement. Trump previously said he is doing it for Hatch.
Florida State now has a replacement for coach Jimbo Fisher , hiring Oregon's Willie Taggart on Tuesday afternoon. McMurphy also cited sources saying returning to his home state of Florida was a factor in Taggart's decision.
This movement prompted millions of women to speak out about sexual assault and sexual harassment that they had experienced. He's best known for being the founder, chairman, and CEO of Amazon.com, the world's largest online shopping retailer.
Delphi, an automotive supplier, said it expects its autonomous system to power commercial vehicles in limited areas in 2019. Google's Waymo division will soon start testing self-driving vehicles in Phoenix without a backup driver in the front seat.
In the appeal, lawyers for Turner argue their client was denied due process during his trial and called it "fundamentally unfair". They hope a new trial will also help overturn his mandatory lifetime requirement to register as a sex offender.
Multiple sources said the Marlins have agreed upon the general framework of a Stanton trade with both San Francisco and St. The Cardinals have pitching prospects the Marlins have targeted, such as right-handers Jack Flaherty and Sandy Alcantara .
Boone had a rather pedestrian career as a player but the highlight of his career came as a member of the Yankees. That hire was first broken by The New York Daily News , and was later confirmed by ESPN .
Saleh allied with the Houthis in the years after he was ousted from power in 2011but their relations frayed in recent months. He also called for the opening of the roads and crossings for relief boats to reach the city and for commercial traffic.
Toxicology reports revealed a plethora of prescription drugs in his system at the time of the arrest, including pain killers. As far as his next tournament is concerned, Woods has not yet made a public commitment.
Witnesses told WCBS-TV that a group of people was leaving the bar when they saw a man beating up another man on the sidewalk. Police said the investigation was continuing, but were quick to tamp down terrorism concerns.
New York's Metropolitan Opera says it will look into allegations that Levine sexually abused a teenager in the mid-1980s. The report details a years-long account from a man who was 15 when the alleged abuse began in 1985.
Evacuations in California as wildfires flare out of control
Thousands of people have been forced to flee their homes north of Los Angeles as a fast-moving wildfire rips through the area. Fire officials say the fire broke out Monday east of Santa Paula, which is about 60 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles.
Honor launches Honor 7X in UAE
Honor SuperCharge can charge the battery to 50 percent in just 30 minutes while operating at a low temperature and voltage. It will also be available in France, Germany, India, Italy, the US, Spain and Russian Federation at this time.
Baker Mayfield named Heisman Trophy finalist
Mayfield threw for 386 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Sooners to a 31-16 win at Ohio State on September 9. Here are the 2017 Heisman finalists, with the victor set to be announced December 9 at 8 p.m.
Arctic cold snap to bring snow and 60mph winds next week
An associated cold front will pass through the state Tuesday allowing Arctic air to infiltrate central IN mid-to-late week. LONG-RANGE RAIN CHANCE HIGHLIGHTS: Wednesday to Friday will feature at least a 50-60% chance for more needed rain.
'House of Cards' Season 6 Details Revealed
It has also been revealed that the sixth season will be exclusively based on Robin Wright's character, Claire Underwood. Now that house of Cards is heading back into production, we can't wait to see how the final season plays out.
Senators, prosecutor cite fake comments on internet rules
The problem? In most parts of the United States, the amount of ISPs available are pitiful, and for many, there is only one option. He set up a website for people to check and report whether their name was improperly used for commenting.
Rak-Su win The X Factor 2017
Who won The X Factor 2017? With the fewest votes at the freeze, Kevin Davy White bowed out of the competition in third place. But Rak Su claimed victory of the competition, leaving Grace with second place.