Newt Gingrich is unconvinced that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney would be the right choice as President-elect Donald Trump‘s secretary of state.
“I can think of 20 other people who would be more naturally compatible with the Trump vision of foreign policy,” the former House speaker said Tuesday on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”
Amid reports that Romney is the frontrunner for the position, Gingrich said he would support him but would prefer another candidate.
“I’m going to support him. But President-elect Trump deserves to have the team he wants,” he said.
He pointed out that Trump’s campaign supporters would be disappointed in the choice of Romney because of the negative things he said about Trump during the campaign. He also questioned that, as a 2012 Republican presidential nominee, “to what degree would Romney represent himself” if chosen for the position.
“To what extent would he represent the kind of tough-minded, America-first policies that Trump has campaigned on,” Gingrich questioned.
Gingrich favored other choices for the secretary of state position, including former Arizona Sen. Jon Kyl, former U.N. ambassador John Bolton, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and former Hewlett-Packard CEO and Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina.
Two-time presidential contender Mike Huckabee agrees that Trump could feel a severe backlash if he appoints Romney, whom he views as extremely disloyal for trying to “derail” Trump’s campaign.
“He attacked him on a personal level about his character, integrity, his honor,” the former Governor of Arkansas said on Wednesday’s “Fox and Friends,” adding that “it would be a real insult to all those Donald Trump voters who worked really hard” if Romney is appointed.
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“When you go after a person who is the nominee of your party, who has been duly nominated by the voters,” Huckabee said, “you’re savaging the voters. You’re not just savaging Donald Trump.”
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