Romney To Meet Trump This Weekend, To Discuss Secretary Of State Role In New Administration
Update: According to NBC, Romney is reportedly being considered for Secretary of State.
NBC News: Romney being considering for Secretary of State, according to a source close to Trump w/ direct knowledge of his thinking
— Scott Foster (@scottwfoster) November 17, 2016
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The latest troubling, if unconfirmed reversal on Trump’s promise to “drain the swamp” comes by way of CNN – so take it with a big grain of salt – which reports that Donald Trump will meet this weekend with one of his fiercest critics, 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney – the man who refused to endorse Trump’s “bigotry” and “racist approach.”
The two men are set to meet this weekend to discuss “governing moving forward” and potentially a role for Romney in Trump’s Cabinet, the source said. The source declined to specify for which Cabinet positions Romney is under consideration.
As CNN notes, “the meeting is the latest in a series of Trump’s conversations and encounters with Republicans who did not support his candidacy in an effort to reunite the GOP following a divisive election that fractured party leaders past the Republican primary and into the general election.”
While we have no idea if CNN is merely trying to stir tensions with a fake “trial balloon”, where we agree with CNN is that “a Romney appointment would be a startling shift in the two men’s relationship.”
As a reminder, Trump, who endorsed Romney in 2012, repeatedly slammed the former GOP standard bearer during his ultimately bid for the a Republican nomination for his defeat to President Barack Obama, describing him in characteristically colorful terms as a failure. Romney returned fire, repeatedly and forcefully arguing that Trump was not qualified to serve as commander-in-chief. In a dramatic speech last March, before Trump clinched the Republican nomination, Romney slammed Trump as a “con man,” a “phony” and “a fraud.” Romney also refused to endorse Trump in the general election, and instead argued In favor of allowing the Libertarian nominee Gary Johnson onto the debate stage.
In a June interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Romney warned that Trump’s presidency could usher in “trickle-down racism.”
The first sign of a detente between the establishment politician and the New York billionaire emerged when Romney congratulated Trump on his victory, a call Trump tweeted was “very nice!”