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After cycling through his accomplishments and the praise he has received from President Trump, Hatch called himself a "fighter", but also acknowledged "every good fighter knows when to hang up the gloves". "I will never forget the (beyond kind) statements he has made about me as President", he added. Republicans on that committee led the Senate effort to overhaul the tax system which passed last month, the only major legislative accomplishment of the GOP Congress.

The Utah Republican is chairman of the Senate Finance Committee. He's the longest-serving Republican senator in USA history.

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, a vocal critic of President Donald Trump, could be poised for a political comeback.

"Senator Hatch has represented the interests of Utah with distinction and honor", Romney wrote.

I join the people of Utah in thanking my friend, Senator Orrin Hatch for his more than forty years of service to our.

Mr. Romney repeatedly assailed the president during the 2016 campaign, calling Mr. Trump "a fraud", and Mr. Trump returned the favor, stating that Mr. Romney "choked like a dog" in the 2012 race.

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Two little-known Democrats filed papers to run for the U.S. Senate in 2018. Last month, Trump flew with Hatch on Air Force One to Utah for a day of events that was aimed entirely at lobbying the senator to run again. "He's playing the American public for suckers", Romney seethed in a fiery speech at the University of Utah in March, 2016. "You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice paddies in Vietnam".

Mr Romney lost his race to oust President Barack Obama in 2012.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Hatch's leadership will be greatly missed.

Late previous year, Hatch also found himself in a heated debate with Democratic Sen.

Hatch told Brown he'd heard enough, adding that he's helped disadvantaged people "my whole stinking career". During his time on the committee, the Senate has confirmed almost 1,900 federal judges, a majority of all federal judges that have served. He sought the Republican nomination for president, saying he had more experience in Washington than his opponents and that he could work with Democrats. He withdrew after only winning 1 percent of the vote in the Iowa caucuses.