Trump aide thanks Romney for 'incredible endorsement'
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A top aide to White House hopeful Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: Black voters staying home ‘almost as good’ as those who voted for him Trump on ‘lock her up’ calls: ‘Now we don’t care’ Report: Russia hacked GOP but didn’t release info, intel agencies believe MORE on Thursday thanked Mitt Romney after the 2012 Republican presidential nominee blasted the current GOP front-runner.

Dan Scavino, a senior Trump adviser, tweeted that the former Massachusetts governor had delivered "an incredible endorsement" for Trump.

Scavino also tweeted that Romney "defined" the word politician with his remarks, linking to a a video from 2012 when Romney said he was "honored and pleased" to have Trump's endorsement in his own presidential bid.

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Many political observers say Romney's address could play into Trump's hand, given Romney's status in the GOP establishment and Trump's campaign as a political outsider.

Romney during a blistering speech Thursday at the University of Utah unloaded on Trump's foreign policy credibility, business failures and vision for the country.

Romney ripped Trump as a "fraud" and "phony" in his speech, and called on Republicans to support rivals Ted CruzTed CruzSenate passes dozens of bills on way out of town Senate passes stopgap funding bill, averting shutdown Senate advances funding measure, avoiding shutdown MORE, Marco RubioMarco RubioSenate clears water bill with Flint aid, drought relief What Trump's Cabinet picks reveal House passes water bill with Flint aid, drought relief MORE or John Kasich in voting over the next two weeks.

--This report was updated at 12:35 p.m.