Trump Endorsed Mitt Romney During His Senate Bid: Will He Return the Favor?

Through the years, U.S. Senator Mitt Romney, Republican – Utah, and President Donald J. Trump have had an interesting, and contentious, relationship.

When the President enthusiastically endorsed Romney during his Senate bid last year, things appeared to be on the up-and-up between the two wealthy politicians. But, since being sworn into the Senate earlier this year, Romney has frequently disagreed with Trump’s policies.

And, last week, the failed 2012 presidential candidate revealed he might not endorse Trump during his re-election contest.

At the annual E2 Summit with business and political leaders in Park City, Utah last week, Romney informed the media, “I don’t think endorsements are worth a thimble of spit. I wouldn’t be surprised if I stay out of the endorsements.”

However, the Senator didn’t entirely shut the door on possible future endorsements. Romney did express his belief that an incumbent president with a good economy has a leg-up in the competition. But, the failed 2012 presidential candidate remarked that victory for Trump is “not a sure thing.”

Explaining his stance, Romney commented, “I think the attitude here has got to be the same as across the country, which is the president will surely be the Republican nominee, and an incumbent in a growing economy is more likely to win than to lose. But it’s not a sure thing.”

This certainly isn’t the first time the Senator has declined to endorse Trump. The two politicians traded heated barbs during the 2016 presidential election campaign.

After Romney demanded that Trump release his tax returns in early 2016, Trump tweeted, “Mitt Romney, who was one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics, is now pushing me on tax returns. Dope!” according to Breitbart.

The shameless name-calling didn’t stop here. Romney quickly proclaimed that Trump was a “phony” and a “fraud.” In March of 2016, the failed 2012 presidential candidate tweeted, “Here’s what I know. Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.”

Romney also said, “He’s playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat.”

According to the Associated Press, the former Governor of Massachusetts wrote the name of his wife Ann on his 2016 presidential ballot. Last week, he remarked, “I still think she’s doing a fine job.”

Although Romney didn’t endorse, or even vote for, Trump during the last presidential election, he graciously accepted the President’s support when he ran for the Senate last year. In February of 2018, Trump tweeted, “@MittRomney has announced he is running for the Senate from the wonderful State of Utah. He will make a great Senator and worthy successor to @OrrinHatch, and has my full support and endorsement!”

Responding to Trump’s endorsement, Romney tweeted, “Thank you, Mr. President, for the support. I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah.”

The Associated Press reported that Romney disagreed with the President’s recent plan to impose tariffs on Mexico to force the country to help decrease the flow of illegal aliens into the U.S. The Senator reportedly argued that Mexico was a friend to America.

He stated, “Punishing Mexico in some way is, in my opinion, a very bad idea. It’s also expensive for Americans.” While Romney wasn’t on board with Trump’s Mexican tariff proposal, the Senator revealed he agreed with the President on enforcing tariffs on China.

However, according to the Associated Press, “he said he would have gathered a coalition of allies to present a united front to the world’s most populous nation. Romney warned against underestimating China, saying it’s increasingly innovative on technologies like artificial intelligence.”

The failed 2012 presidential candidate also recently informed E&E News that he was “looking at” carbon tax legislation spearheaded by Senator Chris Coons, Democrat – Delaware.

According to The Daily Caller, this is the same legislation Coons co-sponsored retired Senator Jeff Flake, Republican – Arizona, in 2018. Romney remarked, “Taxes have never been my intent, but we’ll see what he has to say. I would very much like to see us reduce our carbon emissions globally, and we’ll see if this might help.”

Romney’s remarks spurred an astounding seventy-five conservative groups to sign a public letter to Congress showing opposition to “any carbon tax.”

The letter was published online this Monday. The Daily Caller reported that “Romney’s remarks got a strong response from conservative activists opposed to carbon taxes, which they say will hit working-class Americans hardest and do little, if anything, to fight global warming.”

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  31. Romney is a hypocrite. He is not a true conservative. He’s like a chameleon changing colors with the group he thinks will endorse him.

  32. maybe Romney won’t be around much longer than his term!

  33. If you are American love your Country first before other countries. Worry about the hungry, Homeless begging Americans first before the Caravans. Tell their Presidents to take care of their people so as to avoid the danger of crossing the Border. Protect your Country first for Security before other countries. Build the Wall is the best Technology. No Caravans, No Crisis.

  34. M itt Romney should be ashamed of himself, he is so Jealous of Donald Trump that it’s sickening. He couldn’t shine Donald Trumps Dirty Shoes. When he was Governor of Massachusetts he implemented Romney Care. My son is Still paying fines because he couldn’t afford Romney Care. Romney supports Sanctuary Cities and Illegal Aliens, and he also sucks as a Senator. He should do us all a favor and Resign. Everyone in Massachusetts knows he is a RINO (Republican in name only) Just Like Baker the Faker.

  35. Romney is a RAT RINO and thanks to Utah were stuck with the Bastard.

  36. Well Folks, now you have it…. The true Mitt Romney…. self-center, self-serving RINO who care nothing about his constituents like many in Congress… Maybe it’s time we re-evaluate how many Reps and Senators each state really needs. At $174,000/yr American citizens deserve better than what we a receiving in Congress…. we need better results on important issues affecting America, we need the bickering to stop which i don’t foresee, therefore, WE THE PEOPLE might consider a recall petition and vote on someone who will support us.


  38. I thought a lot of Romney just a few years ago. It’s amazing how fast my opinion of him FELL as his OPINIONS became more televised!!!! He is the definition of RINO!!!!

  39. Romney is the same as Mc Cain. A self promoting back stabber who is only interested in himself!

  40. Mit the twit, is only thinking of his bank account ,besides being a good story teller, who doe’s nothing for the state of Utah other being a good Mormon.

  41. Must be something in the drinking water out there in Utah. Romney’s endorsement is proof that even President Trump makes mistakes.

  42. What a disappointment you are. Very sorry I ever voted for you,will never happen again.

  43. Once Romney got the taste of defeat the first time he has turned out to be the Scumbag that I would have never believed he would. A few sour grapes and he turns against the President. Not good.

  44. Mitt Romney is a “one-way” guy – “all for me and nothing for you.” Utah should be ashamed to have such an ethically corrupt Senator. Mitt Romney is a disgusting caricature of an honorable man.

  45. VERY disappointed in Romney. Turns out he’s a jealous man. Trump is doing a great job with little support from people like Romney. Sorry, I voted for Romney. Thought he was better than Obama. Turns out, he’s just as bad.

  46. Romney is spoilt sore looser, should be ashamed of his rotten attitude, as should all republicans who do not stand behind president.

  47. Romney should stop being a rhino, that is our problem we have with McCain. McCain said he gave the dossier to the FBI on Trump when Trump was a candidate. And Hillary and the democratic party paid for the dossier from the company who put it together. Somewhere someone at first hired the company to start the dossier but who. Did McCain do the hiring first or Hillary. How did McCain get his hands on it to give it to the FBI. Did Hillary or the democratic party give it to the FBI or did the FBI take the collusion from McCain on or did Hillary or the democratic party encourage the FBI to start using the dossier. Would not it be nice if Romney would start backing Trump and stop acting like a rino and push the slow, stupid republicans to get going and help the investigation going on instead of sitting back and doing nothing like Romney. These slow republicans better get the investigations and arrests done before at least six months before 2020 and even better conviction in the courts. What is Romney doing as a Congressman except working against President Trump. I am begining to see why he and McCain did not win and there are still establishment and rino republicans we need to send back home and I mean not for a visit

  48. I have lost all respect for Mitt Romney. I think he is a sorry looser. He couldn’t win the Presidency as a business man but the President could. I am sorry that i ever vote for Romney but I will never make that mistake again.

  49. I won’t vote for Rino Romney NO matter who is running against him!!!

  50. Romney is full of hisself !!!!!!! I would NEVER vote for that scum , he is not good enough to lick Trumps shoes !!

  51. Mitts a JEALOUS A$$ President Trump HATER and a BACKSTABBER .

  52. So what did you expect from this disgraceful, snide, resentful RINO?

  53. Does anyone really care what romney says or does………HE’S A LOSER…..ALWAYS HAS BEEN………ALWAYS WILL BE………

  54. This asshole Romney has shit for brains. The motherfucker should keep his mouth shut so he won’t continually embarrass himself.

  55. I believed RINO (Mitt Romney) is very ungrateful to Trump after being endorsed by Trump. He wouldn’t have won the senate seat if he was not endorsed by the President. I don’t trust this RINO. In my opinion, he would be a one-term senator. He is standing on the way of the President’s goal of fulfilling his promise on election 2016.

  56. What a sleaze bag. The people in that State do not deserve a traitor.

  57. McCain, Bush, Romney, Flake, and several other RINOS reinforce my turn away from the republican party. Trump yes, republicans, with few exceptions,(Trey Gowdy, Jordan, Nunes, yes) no!

  58. Romney is not going to endorse Trump. Romney is a Trump Hater. Romney is taking over where McCain left off. Romney is the McCain wannabe.

  59. Talk about global warming, stop cutting down trees and creating more asphalt jungles, see how much heat is created by the cities and we are seeing more and more wild animals around because your tearing down their habitats and they have no where to go but out by the human population. Send these illegals back home were they belong, they are over crowding our country. GOD BLESS AMERICA

  60. If Romney choose now to not endorse Trump; what kind of an ass will he then look like to those thinking of endorsing him?
    Trump will certainly come out looking like the bigger/better man for having made his endorsement. And as for Romney; it will be his political death knell!

  61. If Romney is the Intelligent man I believe he s, he’ll get full “FORCE” behind Our President do every thing he can to Help him Win the Presidency once again !!!

  62. Mitt u have my support because u have not caved
    Into his lying ways would u run again

  63. Romney is a traitor!

  64. Sorry, Romney, you are just another RINO in my book. As Governor of Massachusetts yodtu had a socialized type of Healthcare which all citizens were required to take. You lean toward Democrat Ideology yet ran as a Republican. When you ran for President against Obama you could have taken him down but you backed off, just as Senator John McCain, another RINO. Utah could have done better but didn’t.

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