Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said Wednesday that bringing Mitt Romney into the Cabinet would be an “insult” to President-elect Donald Trump’s supporters unless Romney makes a public apology for trashing Trump during the Republican presidential primaries.
Huckabee, who appears on several media lists as a possible Secretary of Health and Human Services, also said during an appearance on Fox and Friends that he turned down one Cabinet offer but might reconsider if a different position were to arise.
News accounts have suggested that Romney, who met with Trump on Saturday, is the front-runner to be selected as Trump’s Secretary of State. However, Huckabee said Romney’s loyalty remains in doubt after the 2012 GOP presidential nominee’s attacks on Trump in March.
“It’s not about that I don’t care for Mitt personally. But I’m still very unhappy that Mitt did everything he could to derail Donald Trump,” he said.
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“He didn’t just go after him from the standpoint of ‘I disagree with his policy on immigration, I disagree with his policy on taxes.’ He attacked him on a personal level about his character, integrity, his honor,” Huckabee said.
Romney has never retracted his comments, and that rankles Huckabee.
“There is only one way that I think Mitt Romney could even be considered for a post like that, and that is that he goes to a microphone in a very public place and repudiates everything he said in that famous Salt Lake City speech. And everything he said after that, where he said Donald Trump wasn’t fit, that he lacked character,” Huckabee said.
Huckabee said Romney did more than blacken Trump’s name, he also tarred all of Trump’s supporters with the same verbal brush.
“When you go after a person who is the nominee of your party, who has been duly nominated by the voters … you’re savaging the voters,” said Huckabee.
“It would be a real insult to all those Donald Trump voters who worked really hard. That’s what I think (Trump) has to stop and consider,” he said.
As for his own future in Trump’s Cabinet, Huckabee said he was offered a position, but would not say which one.
“I didn’t think it was a great fit for me,” he said in explaining why he turned it down.
However, Huckabee said he did not issue a blanket refusal to serve on Trump’s Cabinet.
“You know, if he tapped me for something that he really convinced me he really wanted to turn me loose and do some reforms, you’ve got to consider that,” Huckabee said.
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Huckabee also noted that his future will be just fine without a Washington job.
“I don’t even like that town. I take shots every time I go because I feel like I don’t want to be infected with whatever it is going on up there,” he said.
“I didn’t do anything I did for Donald Trump because I was elbowing for a government job,” Huckabee added. “I’m at a point in my life where I’m … quite satisfied with not being in a government job.”
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