Mitt Romney met with Donald Trump and Mike Pence today after a year of ripping him apart at any chance he had
Former Massachusetts Governor and 2012 Republican nominee Mitt Romney met with President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence on Saturday afternoon in New Jersey.
Romney is rumored to be among the finalists for the position of Trump’s Secretary of State. Although nothing has been confirmed about their Saturday chat, people believe that Romney may be called to serve.
In an interview with CNN, former Romney spokesman Kevin Madden believed that Trump could appeal to Romney’s “sense of duty.”
“One of the things that drives Gov. Romney is a sense of duty, and I think that sense of duty is what’s driving him to help President-elect Trump in any way he can as he puts together a government,” Kevin Madden said on Friday. “I think he recognizes that there is that type of outreach going on with President-elect’s transition team.”
If Trump does tap Romney for a cabinet position or a role as an adviser, it would be a major shake up for the campaign. Among prominent Republicans, Romney was perhaps the most vocal of his disdain for Trump during the 2016 presidential election.
During a March public criticism of Trump, Romney called him a “con-man” and warned what he could do to the country.
“If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished,” Romney said.
“Look, his bankruptcies have crushed small businesses and the men and women who work for them. He inherited his business; he didn’t create it. And whatever happened to Trump Airlines?” Romney asked. “How about Trump University? And then there’s Trump Magazine and Trump Vodka and Trump Steaks and Trump Mortgage. A business genius he is not.”
In June, Romney upped his rhetoric by saying Trump’s election could normalize racism.
In October, Romney chimed in about a video released where Trump made sexually inappropriate comments about a woman and seemed to promote sexual assault.
“Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America’s face to the world,” Romney wrote.