President Trump called Mitt Romney on Thursday night and encouraged him to run for Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch's seat.
An anonymous source close to the White House confirmed the conversation to the Salt Lake Tribune, saying the call between the sitting president and the former presidential candidate was short and cordial.
“It was a good conversation,” White House deputy press secretary Hogan Gidley told the Tribune. “They spoke about Senator Hatch and his outstanding service.”
The White House did not confirm Trump encouraged Romney to run, according to the report.
During the 2016 presidential campaign, Romney was critical of Trump. In a March 2016 speech, he said: "Here's what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud."
After Trump's victory, the president reportedly considered Romney for secretary of state.
Hatch announced his retirement this week after four decades in the U.S. Senate, although Trump reportedly pushed him to seek re-election. Hatch said he would endorse the failed 2012 Republican presidential nominee should he choose to run for his seat.