President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE spoke with former Massachusetts governor and GOP presidential nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyMilley discussed resigning from post after Trump photo-op: report Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names Attorney says 75-year-old man shoved by Buffalo police suffered brain injury MORE in a phone call on Thursday, according to a Politico report.
In the call, which lasted about 10 minutes, Trump wished Romney luck in his future endeavors, according to Politico. The call comes amid speculation that Romney could mount a Senate bid in Utah in 2018.
Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchBottom line Bottom line Bottom line MORE (R-Utah), the longest-serving Republican in the Senate, announced this week that he would retire at the end of his current term, leaving an opening for a potential run by Romney.
Trump and Romney also spoke about Hatch in the phone call, Politico reported.
Trump had pressed Hatch, 83, to seek another term in the Senate, where he serves as the chairman of the Finance Committee.
Romney, who has been a vocal critic of Trump since the 2016 presidential race, was said to have been considered briefly as a potential pick for secretary of State in the months before Trump took office. Trump eventually tapped former ExxonMobil CEO Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonDeadline for Kansas Senate race passes without Pompeo filing Democrats launch probe into Trump’s firing of State Department watchdog, Pompeo The Memo: Fauci at odds with Trump on virus MORE for the job.
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