President-elect Donald Trump met with the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, and one of his most ardent foes, Mitt Romney on Saturday.
The two met at Trump’s golf course in New Jersey for a little over an hour, fanning speculation that Trump is considering Romney as a possible pick for secretary of state.
“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,” the former Massachusetts governor told reporters. “We discussed those areas and exchanged our views on those topics. A very thorough and in-depth discussion in the time we had and appreciate the chance to speak with the president-elect and look forward to the coming administration.”
Romney dodged questions regarding whether the two specifically discussed any possible cabinet posts.
The 2012 nominee was a vocal critic of Trump’s during the election season, blasting the businessman turned politician during a speech in March, where he accused Trump of being a phony and a con, and questioned his net worth.
“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 famously said. 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.”
Trump did not address the press directly except to call out “It went great,” as he stood by the door of the clubhouse, some distance from where Romney was addressing reporters.
Trump’s transition team has been careful to point out that not everyone that Trump is meeting with is under consideration for a post and that some are merely for soliciting advice.