- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) - Utah’s Orrin Hatch is throwing his support behind Donald Trump but says the presumptive GOP presidential nominee needs to tone it down.

The longest serving Republican in the Senate said Thursday that Trump needs to soften his rhetoric and “always act in a manner worthy” of a nominee.

Hatch was among the Senate GOP leaders that met with Trump Thursday.

Hatch says Trump could unite Republicans and broaden his appeal by reconsidering his views on trade and overhauling benefit programs.

In March, Utah voters went big for Trump’s chief rival at the time, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, in the state’s caucuses.

Hatch initially backed Jeb Bush in the race, and then Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Hatch says he’ll do what he can to help Trump run a successful campaign.

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