"The poverty of an aspiring immigrant's nation of origin is as irrelevant as their race", said Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, who is reportedly planning on running for a U.S. Senate seat in Utah.
According to the New York Times, Romney texted a friend the word "I'm running".
In the wake of Trump's victory, Romney dined with Trump, and afterward, he praised Trump for winning the presidency as speculation mounted that Trump might choose Romney for secretary of state.
Romney has always been a strident critic of Trump.
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Mitt Romney speaks to the media after meeting with Donald Trump at Trump International Hotel and Tower on November 29, 2016 in NY.
While Hatch has maintained that he will continue to serve in office as long as he and his wife's health holds up, he did tell the National Journal in March that he hasn't decided yet if he will seek re-election, even mentioning Romney's name as a possible replacement.
The text message was shared by Gardner to quell Herbert. "If not, we need to find somebody else to run, and there's people that have been trying to queue up for the opportunity". An anonymous source told The Salt Lake Tribune Trump encouraged Romney to run, but the White House did not confirm that. Hatch, who has served as a U.S. Senator since 1977, announced January 2 he would retire from the Senate. During the 2016 presidential campaign, Romney in a speech condemned Trump's candidacy, calling him a "phony" and a "fraud", while urging Republican voters to reconsider their support for the real estate mogul turned reality-TV star. In 2012, Mitt Romney won the traditionally red state with a whopping 73 percent of the popular vote.