Kellyanne Conway, the bombastic Trump spokeswoman, toured several cable television channels this week to dispute a report that came out last week about the President. The report indicated that President Trump was gearing up to fight against Mitt Romney – the one-time Republican presidential nominee – as he considered a run for the Senate.
Trump is close with current Utah Senator Orrin Hatch, but Hatch has announced that he plans to retire ahead of the 2018 midterm elections. Romney, who spoke out against Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, is rumored to replace Hatch.
Romney and Trump also sparred over the Secretary of State nomination. Trump infamously interviewed Romney for the job, taking him out to a publicized dinner, but ultimately did not give it to him. The whole thing was seen as a publicity stunt to neutralize Romney as a political threat. It seems to have worked, since Romney has not been critical of Trump since then.
“Last night the president spoke with Gov. Romney, and the president says he’s got a great relationship with Gov. Romney. They spoke just last night, late in the night, after the Congressional Ball here at the White House, and they had a wonderful conversation, according to President Trump,” Conway said. “They discussed, among other things, what president Trump did the day before in Utah with the national monuments and talking about historic tax cuts and the like.”
Conway did not address the concern that Romney, a popular public figure with his own political following, might be rather independent – and a headache for President Trump – once he is in the Senate. Romney broke with Trump’s agenda this week when he tweeted against Alabama Senatorial candidate and accused sex offender Roy Moore, “No vote, no majority is worth losing our honor, our integrity.”
That prompted a response from former Trump advisor Steve Bannon, who said, “You hid behind your religion. You went to France to be a missionary when guys were dying in rice paddies.”