Orrin Hatch

Senator Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, President pro tempore of the Senate and chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, poses for a photo at the Daily Herald in Provo on Monday, April 6, 2015. SPENSER HEAPS, Daily Herald

After meeting with presidential candidate Donald Trump on Thursday morning, U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, has endorsed him for president.

Hatch acknowledged in a statement that his constituents in Utah have serious reservations about Trump.

“To help unify the party and broaden his appeal, I hope Donald will listen to policymakers and carefully consider his approach to issues like international trade, religious liberty and entitlement reform,” Hatch said in the statement.

Hatch said he has offered to help identify any future U.S. Supreme Court candidates Trump might consider, and encourages Trump to “soften some of his rhetoric and always act in a manner worthy of a presidential nominee.”

Hatch had previously supported presidential candidates Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio during the 2016 primary season.

“Now that Donald Trump is the presumptive nominee, I will do what I can to help him run a successful campaign,” Hatch said in the statement. 

Katie England covers politics, county government and southern Utah County for the Daily Herald. She can be reached at 801-344-2599 or kengland@heraldextra.com.

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