Trump aide thanks Romney for 'incredible endorsement'
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A top aide to White House hopeful Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default 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 CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzPoll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field Republican politicians: Let OSHA do its job O'Rourke prepping run for governor in Texas: report MORE, Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioPoll: Trump dominates 2024 Republican primary field Milley says calls to China were 'perfectly within the duties' of his job Overnight Defense & National Security — Milley becomes lightning rod MORE or John Kasich in voting over the next two weeks.

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