America was surprised by the invitation by president Trump to Mitt Romney to be a member of his cabinet.
That resulted with fierce divisions in Donald Trump’s inner circle over the choice of secretary of state spilled into public view Thursday as a top Trump transition adviser shared a Politico story about Trump loyalists warning against Mitt Romney’s potential selection.
This was surprise also, because we all thought that when he was invited, they already had conversation about it.
“Receiving deluge of social media & private comms re: Romney,” wrote the adviser, Kellyanne Conway, who was also Trump’s campaign manager. And in an apparent reference to Romney’s fierce opposition to Trump’s campaign, she noted two past GOP secretaries of state who “were loyal.”
The tweets were striking development as Trump decides who will run the State Department, a key Cabinet post in an administration headed by a man with no prior experience in elected office or foreign affairs.
Conway told CNN that she told the same thing to Trump privately.
“I am struck by the intensity and volume of resistance to Romney from the grassroots; words like ‘betrayal,’” she said.
Romney, the Republican Party’s 2012 nominee, was perhaps Trump’s preeminent GOP critic both before and after he captured the nomination. In a scathing March speech, Romney skewered Trump for his business bankruptcies and caustic campaign rhetoric.
Romney refused to endorse or vote for Trump in the general election.
But now we need to be united, so we need people like him!
But the former Massachusetts governor now appears willing to set aside his distaste for Trump. Last Saturday, he met with Trump at the Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. The New York Times reported that the talk lasted around 90 minutes.
“We had a far-reaching conversation with regard to the various theaters of the world with interest to the United States of real significance,” Romney told reporters after the meeting. “We discussed those areas and exchanged our views on those topics. A very thorough and in-depth discussion over the time we had.”
Donald Trump with Mitt Romney after their meeting at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, N.J. (Photo: Mike Segar/Reuters)
It’s not clear whether Trump plans to offer the post to Romney. His appointments so far show a clear preference for rewarding his early campaign backers and allies. And Romney and Trump have serious disagreements on foreign policy, especially regarding Russia.
But Romney is very respected in America and in the world, so Trump need that kind of message to the public that there is going to be some moderation and some stability in his cabinet, people are afraid that he is going to be to radical.