The office of Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchRomney defends Trump’s policies as ‘effective,' disputes he led 'never Trump' movement GOP fractured over filling Supreme Court vacancies in 2020 George W. Bush, Mitt Romney to visit Arizona to boost Martha McSally MORE (R-Utah) clarified on Thursday that the senator did not say President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I don't trust everybody in the White House' JPMorgan CEO withdraws from Saudi conference Trump defends family separations at border MORE was the greatest president ever, but suggested he could be. 

Trump said Thursday at a GOP retreat that Hatch, 83, had called him the "greatest president in the history of our country," thanking Hatch and calling him a "spectacular man." 

"Orrin is — I love listening to him speak ... He actually once said I'm the greatest president in the history of our country and I said, 'does that include Lincoln and Washington?' He said, 'Yes.' I said, 'I love this guy,'" Trump told reporters at a press conference for the West Virginia retreat. 

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Hatch spokesman Matt Whitlock told The Hill that "Hatch has said that he would like to work with the President to make this the greatest presidency in history for the American people." 

While the president appears to have slightly misquoted Hatch, the senator — who seen seven presidents in the White House during his four decades in office — previously praised Trump in November as “one of the best I’ve served under." 

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The senator later clarified his remarks to emphasize the independence of the legislative branch, saying Trump was “the best president I’ve served ‘under’ in terms of line of succession." 

Hatch then listed his all-time favorites, saying jokingly "If we're talking best presidents I've served alongside, that list would also include Lincoln, Reagan and James K. Polk, who really knew how to command a room." 

After the GOP passed its massive tax overhaul, Hatch also predicted it would be the first step toward making “this the greatest presidency that we've seen, not only in generations, but maybe ever."

Hatch has announced his retirement from the Senate after his current term. Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyRomney defends Trump’s policies as ‘effective,' disputes he led 'never Trump' movement Trump adds campaign stops for Senate candidates in Montana, Arizona, Nevada How America’s urban-rural divide is changing the Democratic Party MORE, long rumored to be a replacement candidate, announced Thursday that he would make a Senate announcement in two weeks.