“Yeah, you can have some reservations, but I tell you this: He’s going to find when he gets there that the only way he’s going to lead, the only way he’s going to be able to have the strength to lead the way he should, is to lead the way we want him to,” Hatch said during a breakfast address before the Michigan delegation to the Republican National Convention.
Hatch told delegates he “evolved” into a big Trump supporter after initially backing former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush in the Republican presidential primary and later endorsing U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida. He endorsed Trump in May after other candidates had dropped out of the race.
In an interview with The Detroit News following his speech, Hatch said he came around to support Trump after participating in two separate meetings between the presidential candidate and congressional Republicans.
“He’s a very bright man. He’s a very strong man. He feels deeply about his positions — I like that, it’s what I want in a leader — but he’s also capable of change,” Hatch said.