Mitt Romney for Donald Trump’s Secretary of State? That’s what sources are telling NBC News.
Clip via CNBC
This weekend the former Massachusetts governor is scheduled to meet with the president-elect to discuss the possibility of taking over the reins of the Department of State, according to sources close to Trump.
— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) November 18, 2016
Romney, who was the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, campaigned hard against Trump and helped lead the Never Trump movement and relations between the two were heated. CNBC reported:
In March, the former Massachusetts governor called Trump “a phony” and “a fraud” when discussing the then-candidate. Trump, who endorsed Romney in 2012, has called him a loser, adding that Romney begged for his endorsement and “would’ve dropped to his knees” for it. He has also said that he “choked like a dog” during his 2012 presidential campaign against President Barack Obama.
After Trump’s victory, however, relations began to thaw when Romney called the president-elect to offer his congratulations.
Best wishes for our duly elected president: May his victory speech be his guide and preserving the Republic his aim.
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) November 9, 2016
Also under consideration for the position, according to The New York Times, are:
- John R. Bolton Former United States ambassador to the United Nations under George W. Bush
- Bob Corker Senator from Tennessee and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee
- Rudolph W. Giuliani Former New York mayor who campaign officials said on Tuesday is the leading contender for the job
- Nikki R. Haley Governor from South Carolina
- Zalmay Khalilzad Former United States ambassador to Afghanistan
- Stanley A. McChrystal Former senior military commander in Afghanistan
Although the Times also listed former House Speaker Newt Gingrich as being considered, he announced Thursday that rather than accepting a cabinet position in the Trump administration, he would prefer to concentrate his efforts on “strategic planning for the emerging Republican majority,” according to CNBC.
So, is Romney part of the plan?
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