Donald Trump might not be shining on Mitt Romney after all, holding the position of secretary of state over his head like catnip according to MSNBC’s Morning Joe. Romney was ugly to Trump during the campaign, but now he is dancing backward as fast as his feet can take him. So what does all this mean?
During the Trump campaign, Romney called Trump a “phony,” “fraud,” “con man,” “fake,” and worse:
‘His domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe. He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president. And his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill.’
Pretty rough talk, but apparently Romney is heading up the list of possibilities for secretary of state, according to sources familiar with Trump’s thinking. So what about former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who has actively been campaigning for the job?
After all, Giuliani was the only person who stood up for the billionaire after Trump was caught on audio bragging about sexually abusing women.
Giuliani is fading fast in the president-elect’s list of secretary of state options, they said. Other hopefuls, retired General David Petraeus and Republican former Utah governor and U.S. Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman apparently are no longer serious candidates for the position.
Instead, Trump continues meeting with additional people who might fit the position. Monday he met with Democratic former Vice President Al Gore, ostensibly to discuss the environment, but Gore would make an outstanding secretary of state.
The president-elect also plans to meet with ExxonMobil CEO Rex W. Tillerson Tuesday to discuss the position. It seems that Trump is “intrigued” with his “vast knowledge of the world,” Morning Joe indicated.
Top Trump advisor and campaign manager Kellyanne Conway said that he had “broadened the search” for this vital position.
Donald Trump has met with a revolving door of candidates throughout his transition without committing to one. But some of his advisors have come out against Romney in a big way. Both Republican former speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and Conway have criticized Romney publicly.
Trump traditionally punches back when someone punches him. Dangling the secretary of state position over Romney’s head without handing it to him may be one of the real estate mogul’s coldest get-evens.
Check out this video of Morning Joe talking about the secretary of state possibilities:
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