Appearing on CBS’s Face the Nation, Vice President-elect Mike Pence dropped some names as to some important potential cabinet nominations, including Mitt Romney.
The 2012 GOP presidential nominee met with Pence and President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday at Trump’s golf course in New Jersey. Romney said, “We had a far-reaching conversation with regards to the various theaters in the world where there are interests of the United States of real significance.”
“I can say that Governor Romney is under active and serious consideration to serve as secretary of state of the United States,” Pence said on Face the Nation.
The former Massachusetts governor was a leader of the Republican establishment movement that tried to block Trump from becoming the Republican nominee. In March, Romney delivered a blistering speech in which he called Trump a “Phony” and a “fraud.”
“Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing the American public for suckers. He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat,” Romney said in his speech. Not to let any statement about him go unanswered, Trump ripped into Romney calling his 2012 White House bid a “disaster,” and labeling the former governor a “choke artist.”
A source close to Romney from his days as governor expressed concern that he might be “frozen out” by officials whose thinking appears to be closer to Trump’s, such as retired Lt. General Michael Flynn, General James Mattis, and the likes of former Breitbart News chief Steve Bannon who is serving as Trump’s senior counsel. “How much influence and latitude he will have will be up to Trump, and they don’t appear to be on the same page about much,” said the source speaking to Reuters.
There is some speculation emerging that Trump’s transition team is floating more mainstream names in order to create the appearance that Trump is open to more moderate appointments, even if they were his foes, only to then revert to hardliners when it comes to actually making a decision. The President-elect’s choices so far point to such a pattern.