President Trump gave his full backing to 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Monday, saying Romney’s bid for a Senate seat from Utah “has my full support and endorsement!”
The president’s tweet suggested he may have buried the hatchet, at least temporarily, with the GOP foe who called Trump a “phony” and a “fraud” in 2016. Trump wrote Monday evening that Romney “will make a great Senator and worthy successor” to the retiring Orrin Hatch.
In response, Romney tweeted, “Thank you Mr. President for the support. I hope that over the course of the campaign I also earn the support and endorsement of the people of Utah.”
Romney, who served as Massachusetts governor from 2003 to 2007, announced his Senate run on Friday. The 70-year-old is a heavy favorite to hold the seat for the Republicans.
Trump’s endorsement of Romney marked another twist in the complex relationship between the two men. Romney was a vocal critic of Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, labeling the businessman “a phony [and] a fraud [whose] promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.”
In response, Trump tweeted reminders that Romney had sought his endorsement during Romney’s failed run for the presidency four years earlier. In June of that year, Trump tweeted that Romney had “choked like a dog” in losing to former President Barack Obama.
After Trump’s victory, Romney was rumored to be a contender to be secretary of state. In an unusually public interview process, Romney was seen dining with Trump in New York City and visiting the president-elect at his golf club in suburban New Jersey. Ultimately, Trump tapped Rex Tillerson for the post of America’s top diplomat.
Since then, Romney has repeatedly criticized the Trump administration, particularly after Trump’s response to the actions of white supremacists in Charlottesville, Va., last summer. Among the president’s comments: “Especially in light of the advent of Antifa, if you look at what’s going on there, you know, you have some pretty bad dudes on the other side also.”
Romney also broke with the White House over Trump’s endorsement of Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore amid accusations of sexual misconduct against him. In the run-up to the December special election, Romney stated that Moore’s election “would be a stain on the GOP and on the nation.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Heat dome: What is the extreme weather pattern causing record temperatures and wildfires? | Climate News
Heat domes are becoming a more regular weather phenomenon as entire regions deal with increasingly extreme heat and wildfires.
Villages in Turkey, Greece and Italy have been engulfed this July and August, and tourists evacuated by boat from beaches as temperatures reached 47C (116F).
In June, record temperatures hit North America, with more than 100 people dying in the northwestern US and Canada.
Both these extreme weather events were caused by heat domes.
What is a heat dome?
It’s when an area of high pressure stays over a large part of a region for days, or even weeks.
Like a lid on a saucepan, it traps hot air underneath, and can cause heatwaves with temperatures well above the norm.
How does a heat dome form?
Hot air expands vertically into the atmosphere then high pressure from above means it has nowhere to escape and pushes that warm air down.
As the warm air sinks, it compresses and heats up, which then traps more heat underneath.
The ground then heats up and loses moisture which makes it heat up even more, and means it is ripe for fires to start.
The dome of high pressure also pushes the clouds around it, keeping the heat in even more.
Usually, winds can move the high pressure around but as the dome stretches high into the atmosphere, the high pressure system becomes very slow moving, almost stationary.
What has caused the European heat dome?
Met Office spokesman Stephen Dixon told Sky News: “The jet stream has dipped south across western Europe and extended into northeast Europe, allowing a ridge to develop across southeast Europe.
“Within the ridge, the air has become warmer day-on-day.”
Warm air from a Saharan dust cloud has also contributed to the warmer than usual temperatures
The high pressure from the jet stream ridge and the Saharan warm air has been stuck over southeast Europe for a while, maintaining temperatures 10C to 15C above average.
Are heat domes rare occurrences?
They are quite common in temperate zones but they are getting more intense and regular in areas that do not usually see such extreme heat.
Scientists from the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) found the main trigger is a strong change in ocean temperatures during the preceding winter.
For the US, this happens in the Pacific Ocean.
The NOAA scientists said it is like a swimming pool when the heater is turned on – “temperatures rise quickly in the areas surrounding the heater jets, while the rest of the pool takes longer to warm up”.
They said the western Pacific’s temperatures have risen over the past few decades compared with the eastern Pacific, “creating a strong temperature gradient – or pressure differences that drive wind – across the entire ocean in winter”.
The gradient causes more warm air through convection, which is heated by the ocean surface and rises over the western Pacific, decreasing convection over the central and eastern Pacific.
Prevailing winds move the hot air east, towards the US, and the jet stream traps the air, moving it towards land where it sinks to cause heatwaves.
In Europe, the water temperatures are high, especially across the Baltic region where they are more than 6C above normal.
The Atlantic Ocean around the UK and Ireland was about 2-4C above the norm for the end of July.
But it is the Mediterranean, which is warmer than other European seas anyway, that is the most concerning, with sea temperatures nearly 3C above the long-term average.
Tokyo Olympics: Belarusian sprinter says she would have faced punishment if she returned home | World News
The Belarusian Olympic sprinter who refused to board a plane home from the Games has said officials from her country “made it clear” she would face punishment if she returned.
Krystina Tsimanouskaya, 24, has accused her national team’s officials of trying to force her to fly to Minsk after she criticised the coaching staff on social media.
“They made it clear that upon return home I would definitely face some form of punishment,” she said. “There were also thinly disguised hints that more would await me.”
In an interview with the Associated Press news agency, Tsimanouskaya also said she believed she would be kicked off the national team, and demanded an investigation into who gave the order to withdraw her from Tokyo Olympics.
“For now I just want to safely arrive in Europe… meet with people who have been helping me… and make a decision what to do next,” she said.
She added: “I would very much like to continue my sporting career because I’m just 24 and I had plans for two more Olympics at least. For now, the only thing that concerns me is my safety.”
Belarus National Olympic Committee is headed by the country’s authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko and his son Viktor.
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