Trump, others react to Sen. Orrin Hatch retirement announcement

Sen. Orrin Hatch (Photo: Larry D. Curtis / KUTV)

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(KUTV) American politicians and leaders reacted on Tuesday to the announcement that Utah Senator Orrin Hatch will not seek re-election.

President Trump congratulated Sen. Hatch on "an absolutely incredible career."

In a tweet, Sen. Mike Lee said, "Sen. Hatch has been a tremendous influence to the people of Utah and he will be sorely missed. It has truly been an honor serving with him in the United States Senate and I know he will continue to do fantastic work for Utahns."

"Few have been as dedicated to serving the people of Utah as our good Senator, Orrin hatch," Utah Governor Gary Herbert tweeted. "For seven terms, he has represented the people of Utah with strength and dignity. We are grateful for his hard work and for his untiring effort on behalf of our state. I wish him the best."

Utah Speaker Greg Hughes tweeted that Orrin hatch "has served with dignity and honor," and that "he is a man of integrity."

"The seat will be filled after the upcoming election but he will never be replaced," continued Hughes. "Thank you for your service, your grit, your effectiveness and for your friendship. I have learned so much."

Daisy Thomas, the Chair of the Utah Democratic Party, thanked Hatch "for his role in uniting Utahns against the Trump administration. Whether it was his inaction on CHIP, his support of the destruction of our national monuments, or his troubling defense of Roy Moore, we thank him. Now more than ever, we know where he stands and the Utah Republican Party stands, and it is not with Utah."

Thomas said she looks forward to the 2018 mid-term elections, and that "We look forward to seeing Governor Romney of Massachusetts on the campaign trail."

The general public had mixed reactions, with some celebrating his retirement and others thanking him for his service.

Mitt Romney thanked Orrin Hatch in a Facebook post "for his more than forty years of service" to Utah and the Untied States.

"As Chairman of the Senate Finance and Judiciary Committees and as the longest-serving Republican Senator in U.S. history, Senator hatch has represented the interests of Utah with distinction and honor," Romney said in a Facebook post. "Ann and I wish Senator Orrin Hatch and his loving wife Elaine all the best in their future endeavors."

Romney has considered a 2018 run in Utah if Sen. Orrin Hatch were to retire. Now that Hatch has concluded he will not seek re-election, it remains unclear at this point if Romney will in fact run for the Senate.

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