Donald Trump and Orrin Hatch. Kevin Lamarque/Reuters President Donald Trump wants Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah to run for an eighth term. Trump is publicly egging on Hatch to run. It's widely rumored that 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney will run for the seat if Hatch decides to retire. Trump reportedly does not like the idea of a Sen. Romney. President Donald Trump is publicly egging on GOP Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah to run for reelection — a move that is certain to irk 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, who is widely rumored to seek a bid for Hatch's seat should the seven-term senator opt against running in 2018. Hatch, meanwhile, has become Trump's favorite senator of late, with the president making a Monday trip to Salt Lake City at Hatch's request. As chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, Hatch was instrumental in securing the party's victory in passing tax reform legislation through the Senate this weekend. Trump on Monday moved to reduce the size of two major national monuments in Utah, a move the 83-year-old has sought for some time. During his visit to Utah, Trump admitted that he was encouraging Hatch to run for reelection. Asked if he was trying to send a message to Romney that he doesn't want him to make a bid for Hatch's seat, which the senator has held since 1977, Trump said Romney's "a good man. Mitt's a good man." Then at his speech alongside Hatch and other member's of Utah's congressional delegation, Trump began his address by calling Hatch "a very special man" and "a true fighter" whom he's "gotten to know ... very well." "You meet fighters and you meet people that you thought were fighters but they're not so good at fighting," Trump said. "He's a fighter. We hope you will continue to serve your state and your country in the Senate for a very long time to come." Hatch has quickly become one of Trump's top Senate allies Trump's public posturing followed a Sunday story in Politico that outlined how the president was "going all out" to persuade Hatch to seek another term in office. Hatch, who in 2012 said he would not run again, has since signaled that he is interested in doing so but has not made a final decision. As