Trump, Romney have 'wonderful' phone conversation, amid tensions

Kellyanne Conway says Trump, Romney spoke after Utah visit

Kellyanne Conway said Wednesday that President Trump and Mitt Romney have a good relationship, but she declined to say whether the president would support the former MA governor and GOP presidential nominee in a possible Senate run in Utah.

But White House Counselor Kellyanne Conway said on CNN that Trump described their phone call as a "wonderful conversation".

It was unclear whether Trump and Romney discussed the Utah or Alabama Senate seats.

Romney has reportedly been meeting with local GOP power brokers, contacting major donors and campaigning for local candidates -moves seen as steps toward a potential 2018 run for the seat now held by Hatch, according to reports that surfaced earlier this month. However, the 83-year-old politician's refusal to leave the office has resulted in Romney's inner circle blaming Trump by claiming that the president is not comfortable with the idea of the former presidential candidate becoming a senator.

Trump's former chief strategist Steve Bannon assailed Romney in a brutal takedown during a rally Tuesday for Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore.

Moore looked to be pulling back ahead in the Albama race before Romney's intervention, having regained a lead in the polls, secured the backing of the President, and got the RNC back on side.

The reason Bannon attacked Romney to begin with was a Tweet the former Massachusetts Governor made about Moore where he said the country would loose "honor" and "integrity" if Moore reaches the Senate.


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". Because Moore served in Vietnam, while Romney received deferments as he completed college and served as a Mormon missionary in France.

"You hid behind your religion", Bannon said.

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. "Do not talk about honor and integrity". Trump, too, sought deferments to avoid service in Vietnam.

"The days of taking it silently are over", Bannon declared at a rally that drew hundreds of Moore supporters to a local farm in the southwestern corner of the state.

None of Trump's four adult children have served in the military. The reaction from prominent Utah Republicans was swift and savage.

Utah's other senator, Republican Mike Lee, also hammered Bannon's rebuke of Romney. "Hatch may run for re-election", Conway said, later adding, "Gov. Romney would want to be in public service in many different roles".

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