Since the election, Mitt Romney has had multiple talks and meetings with the President-elect, been attacked in the press by Trump’s team, and been the subject of various rumors and speculation.
On Tuesday, just a couple of days after Trump’s senior advisor and former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway all but skewered the former Massachusetts governor on the Sunday news shows, Romney dined with Donald Trump on Tuesday night.
Emerging from dinner, he was full of praise for the President-elect. This from a man who has delivered a speech with some of the most blistering attacks against Trump, calling him a ‘phony’ and ‘fraud’ and until November 9th, continued to be one of his most vocal opponents within the Republican Party.
Speaking to reporters in New York after dinner, the 2012 presidential nominee said that the two discussed world affairs during their “enlightening” conversations, but he did not say whether he was being considered for a Cabinet position.
For the most part, he commended the President-elect. “I have to tell you, I’ve been impressed with what I’ve seen in the transition. The people he’s selected as members of his Cabinet are solid, effective, capable people,” Romney said, naming off several of Trump’s selections. The former governor added:
“I think you’re going to see America continue to lead the world in this century, and what I’ve seen through these discussions I’ve had with President-elect Trump, as well as what we’ve seen in his speech the night of his victory, as well as people he’s selected as part of his transition, all of those combined give me increasing hope that President-elect Trump is the very man that can lead us to that better future.”
Romney went on to say, “I happen to think America’s best days are ahead of us.” Lauding Trump’s victory, he said “By the way, it’s not easy winning. I know that myself. He did something I tried to do and was unsuccessful in.”
Romney is reportedly Trump’s top choice for Secretary of State. Former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been heavily lobbying him for the position supported by Kellyanne Conway and others such as Steve Bannon.