Rom­ney pre­dicts Trump’s re-elec­tion to sec­ond term

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PARK CITY, Utah (AP) — He once called Don­ald Trump “a con man,” but Mitt Rom­ney now pre­dicts that Trump would “eas­ily” win his party’s pres­i­den­tial nom­i­na­tion in 2020 and “solidly” win a sec­ond term.

Rom­ney, the GOP’s failed 2012 pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee from Mas­sachusetts, now a Re­pub­li­can Se­nate can­di­date in Utah, made the pre­dic­tion Thurs­day as he wel­comed dozens of high-pro­file busi­ness and po­lit­i­cal lead­ers to a moun­tain­side re­treat in Utah Thurs­day night. As he has ev­ery year since 2012, Rom­ney played host to an in­vi­ta­tiononly sum­mit fo­cused on the fu­ture of Amer­i­can lead­er­ship at home and abroad.

The fu­ture, he pre­dicted, would fea­ture Trump as Amer­ica’s leader at least for an­other six years.

“I think that not just be­cause of the strong econ­omy and the fact that peo­ple are go­ing to see in­creas­ingly ris­ing wages,” Rom­ney said, “but I think it’s also true be­cause I think our Demo­crat friends are likely to nom­i­nate some­one who is re­ally out of the main­stream of Amer­i­can thought and will make it eas­ier for a pres­i­dent who’s pre­sid­ing over a grow­ing econ­omy.”

The re­marks from Rom­ney marked a sharp re­ver­sal from his orig­i­nal im­pres­sion of Trump. Rom­ney briefly served as the face of the so-called “Never Trump” move­ment be­fore the 2016 elec­tion. He de­liv­ered a scathing speech in Utah be­fore the 2016 elec­tion, call­ing Trump “a con man” and “a fake.”

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