Trump and his fiercest critic Romney friends again - on Twitter

Lucy Bush
February 20, 2018

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

The two have not always gotten along in the past. More recently, Romney criticized Trump's full-throated embrace of former Republican Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, denounced the President's response to the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia last summer and called out Trump on Twitter for the President's reported "shithole" comments about African nations.

Mr Trump later invited Mr Romney to visit him during the presidential transition period before the inauguration, fueling speculation that the former MA governor was being considered to be Mr Trump's Secretary of State. "I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah".

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"Utah welcomes legal immigrants from around the world, Washington sends immigrants a message of exclusion".

Democrats, despite not yet offering any credible threat to the Republican dominance in Utah, answered with a scathing rebuke, dismissing Romney's periodic criticisms of Trump.

Romney is aiming to replace 83-year-old Sen. "Mitt Romney desperately wants to separate himself from the extremism of the current administration", said Democratic National Committee spokesman Vedant Patel in a statement, but "the basis policies of Trump's GOP ... were his before they were Donald Trump's".

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Romney made the remarks at a speech Friday night before core members of Utah's Republican Party at a party fundraising dinner in Provo.

Romney is considered a heavy favorite for the Senate seat held by Orrin Hatch. Romney took issue, though, with "language that's come out of Washington generally" that can make minorities and immigrants feel uncomfortable or unwelcome. Lindsey Graham who have now become allies.

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.

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Romney also would be a compelling addition to the ongoing congressional wrangle over health care.

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