Of all the Republicans who feuded with President-elect Donald Trump during the election season, few did so as vocally or as spitefully as 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. So how has Trump responded? Well, if reports are correct, he’s considering the former Massachusetts governor for the secretary of state job.
According to CNBC, a source has confirmed to parent company NBC that Trump will meet with Romney this weekend to discuss the position. The news is especially surprising given that Romney called Trump “a phony” and “a fraud” during the campaign season.
“Think of Donald Trump’s personal qualities, the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third grade theatrics. We have long referred to him as ‘The Donald,’” Romney said back in March, according to CNN. “He is the only person in the entire country to whom we have added an article before his name. And it wasn’t because he had attributes we admired.”
Trump responded in kind, blaming Romney for the Republicans’ 2012 election loss. Now the two are set to discuss Romney becoming arguably the most powerful man in the cabinet.
Romney isn’t the only Trump critic being considered for the position, either. South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley has also been named as a possible nominee, according to the BBC.
In her response to Obama’s State of the Union speech back in January, Haley said that “(d)uring anxious times, it can be tempting to follow the siren call of the angriest voices. We must resist that temptation,” remarks that were later confirmed to be directed at Trump. She added that “(n)o one who is willing to work hard, abide by our laws, and love our traditions should ever feel unwelcome in this country.”
Trump, at the time, responded that Haley was “very weak on immigration.”
The secretary of state job, arguably the most important augury into what a Trump administration’s foreign policy will look like, was thought to be a two-horse race between former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Bush administration Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton — both of whom are generally considered more conservative than Romney or Haley. Another candidate who had dropped out of sight, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, said Wednesday that he was still “in the mix” for the position.
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