UPDATE: White House says President Trump is sad Hatch is retiring

WASHINGTON (AP)– 3:09 p.m. Cropped Image: Diliff/ Wikipedia/ CC BY-SA 3.0 The White Home states President Donald Trump is”

extremely unfortunate”that Utah Republican Orrin Hatch has actually decided to leave the Senate instead of run for re-election this year. Trump had actually been motivating the 83-year-old senator to look for an eighth term

. Hatch announced Tuesday that he will retire when his term ends early next year. White House spokesperson Sarah Huckabee Sanders says Trump has the “greatest and inmost respect”for Hatch and is especially happy for his leadership on the just recently enacted tax expense. Hatch’s choice would appear to clear the method for previous GOP governmental candidate Mitt Romney to run for

the seat. Sanders decreased to say whether Trump would be open to supporting Romney, saying she has yet to discuss that with the president. __ 2:21 p.m. Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah states he will not seek re-election after serving more than 40 years in the United States Senate

. Hatch

, 83, says

he’s always been a fighter,”but every excellent fighter knows when to hang up the gloves.”Hatch is the longest-serving Republican in the

Senate. He chairs the powerful Senate Finance Committee and was a significant force in getting a tax overhaul through

in December. His retirement unlocks for Republican Mitt Romney to run for his seat. Hatch states he decided to retire at the end of his seventh term after “much prayer and discussion with friends and family “over the holiday break. He states”I may be leaving the Senate, but

the next chapter in my civil service is just starting. “


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