Trump Says He's Encouraging Orrin Hatch To Run For Another Senate Term

President Trump stopped to speak to reporters as he left the White House Monday for Utah. He's taking Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch with him on board Air Force One signaling he'd rather see Hatch seek re-election than Mitt Romney run for Hatch's seat

On Wednesday's "Hugh Hewitt Show", Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) praised 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney as a "great American", and someone who he is glad is a Republican.

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Steve Bannon took aim at Romney for receiving a draft deferment for missionary work.

Bannon's attack on Romney's character came in a fiery speech in Alabama where the former chief strategist for President Donald Trump was campaigning for Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Utah Republican Senators Mike Lee and Orin Hatch also came to Romney's defense in their own social media rebuttals, standing up for Romney and defending his service to the country.

"I didn't see Gov. Romney file papers for Orrin Hatch's seat", Conway said.

Herbert said that Bannon's attacks on Romney translate to attacks on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), noting that fewer missionaries were sent out during the Vietnam War because the church was "sensitive about the fact that we had a draft and a war going on and wanted to make sure that we did our part".

"You avoided service, brother. you hid behind your religion", Bannon said at the rally, adding that Romney's sons had also not served in the military and pointing to Moore's service during the Vietnam War.

A day later, he called Romney, according to White House officials.

Trump, who appeared with Hatch in Utah on Monday, told reporters he is urging the 83-year-old senator to seek an eighth six-year term in next year's congressional midterm elections, Politico reported.

Moore faces off against Democrat Doug Jones in a December 12 special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Senate seat.

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