Republican National Committee (RNC) Chairwoman Ronna Romney McDaniel told Fox Business Network’s Maria Bartiromo that she thinks her uncle, Mitt Romney, has “every interest” in working with President Trump.
McDaniel denied the assertion that Romney still has sour grapes since Trump trounced him in the 2016 bid for president.
“I don’t think he’s a never-Trumper,” said McDaniel, adding, “Listen, Mitt seriously considered taking the Secretary of State position. He wants to see President Trump do well. He wants to see our country to do well, and I think that’s going to be the overriding issue for him if he ends up becoming the next senator from Utah.”
Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) announced on Tuesday that he would not seek reelection in 2018. Romney has long been considered a potential candidate for the seat.
His questionable relationship with Trump could end up benefiting Romney in otherwise deep-red Utah, The Hill report speculated, noting that “Independent candidate Evan McMullin, who launched his campaign to offer a conservative alternative to Trump, won 21.5 percent of the vote in the state, his highest share by nearly 15 percentage points.”
Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, has used Twitter to vent veiled criticisms of the president.
“Having created a natl inflection point of consequence, POTUS must apologize & repudiate the racists,” Romney tweeted last August, referencing Trump’s controversial comments about the violence at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va.