In a curious twist, just as his former political adviser was slamming Romney, Trump was on the phone with the 2012 GOP presidential nominee. "They discussed among other things, what President Trump did the day before in Utah, with the national monuments and talking about historic tax cuts and the like", Mrs. Conway, counselor to the president, said on CNN.
Romney, who was highly critical of Trump during the campaign, but has since warmed considerably, is reportedly eyeing the Senate seat now held by 83-year-old Orrin Hatch (R-Utah).
Romney has reportedly been meeting with local GOP power brokers, contacting major donors and campaigning for local candidates -moves seen as steps toward a potential 2018 run for the seat now held by Hatch, according to reports that surfaced earlier this month.
Trump and Romney have split on supporting controversial Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore in next Tuesday's special election in Alabama.
In 2007, when Romney was running for president, a Pew Center study found that the No. 1 term Americans associated with Mormonism was "polygamy", despite the fact that it has been banned by the LDS Church since 1890.
The comments came a day after Romney, the former governor of MA, said Moore would be "a stain" on the Senate if he's elected.
In his speech, Bannon also attacked other GOP figures who have been critical of Moore, including Arizona Senator Jeff Flake and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. You went to France to be a missionary while guys were dying in rice paddies in Vietnam.
Hatch, 83, is believed to be considering retirement, and Romney, the former MA governor who now lives in Utah, is eyeing a run.
"We hope you will continue to serve your state and your country in the Senate for a very long time to come", Trump said at the event at the state capitol to announce a reduction of federal protected lands in Utah. At least Romney has not feuded with Gold Star families, which is more than can be said for our President. Yet he does not deserve to be slandered by Bannon simply because the Breitbart Bully can't find much good to say about Moore. "We have 7,000 dead and 52,000 casualties, and where were the Romneys during those wars?" Trump, too, sought deferments to avoid service in Vietnam.
For the record, many Mormons have served in the military with distinction, including in Vietnam and Afghanistan.
Romney's eldest son, Tagg Romney, declined to respond to Bannon's remarks, but several Utah Republicans defended the Romney family.
"Utahns rejects the ugly politics and tactics" of Bannon, he added.
In the report, Romney said it was Hatch himself who recommended him to run for the position but is now unsure of his own decision to retire.