Hatch Could Prove Indispensable to Trump

Orrin HatchSen. Orrin Hatch could be who President-Elect Donald Trump leans on to get his agenda through Congress.

Roll Call takes note of Hatch’s relationship with Trump, which helped the unlikely Republican win the Mormon strongholds of Utah and Arizona in the 2016 election.

Hatch not only worked to support Trump in the Beehive State, he also helped in neighboring states with significant Mormon populations, uneasy over Trump’s personal values and background.

 

The octogenarian even traveled to locales like Gilbert, Arizona, with Donald Trump Jr., days before the election, as Democrats thought they were making inroads in the Grand Canyon State.

 

“Truly grateful for his support and everything I have learned from him over the course of this journey,” Trump Jr. said of Hatch in a photo caption on Instagram. “A brilliant and great man.”

Trump also selected Hatch’s longtime chief of staff Rob Porter to help with his transition team.

Much of Trump’s agenda, including changes to the tax code, repealing Obamacare and a trillion dollar infrastructure package, will have to move through the Senate Finance Committee, which Hatch chairs.

However, the two men are on opposite sides when it comes to trade. Hatch was a big proponent of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, which Trump has said he will withdraw from once he takes office.