Trump speaks to Romney amid speculation on Utah Senate race

President Donald Trump is taking steps to persuade longtime U.S. Sen.

President Donald Trump hasn't forgotten those words or Romney's other criticisms of him, and there is talk that he is trying to keep Romney out of the U.S. Senate by encouraging 83-year-old Orrin Hatch to run for reelection.

Romney was planning to run for the position held by Hatch, on the assumption the senator would retire, according to a report by Politico.

"Steve Bannon, #stayout of Utah". Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, to seek for re-election in 2018 - a move which some see as an attempt to block former Massachusetts Gov.

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".

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

According to three White House officials, Trump will be making a nine-hour round trip journey on Air Force One with Hatch.

Trump and several Republicans have joined Bannon in backing Moore, who has been accused of molesting and pursuing teenage girls while he was in his 30s.

"You hide behind your religion", Bannon said in response to Romney's tweet. You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice paddies in Vietnam.

The report also stated Trump's behind-the-scenes plan to influence Hatch to run for re-election will be on display Monday during the president's trip to Salt Lake City, where he is expected to show his support for the senator.

Moore faces off against Democrat Doug Jones in a December 12 special election to fill Attorney General Jeff Sessions' Senate seat.

Brushing aside the allegations, Trump was joined by the Republican National Committee in endorsing Moore.

Vanessa Coleman