Congressman Chris Collins , a Trump surrogate and the first member of the House of Representatives to endorse Donald Trump for president, is no fan of Mitt Romney, who is a leading candidate to be Secretary of State in the new Trump administration.
Rep. Collins, a Republican from New York, told Chris Cuomo on CNN’s New Day Monday morning that there’s no love lost between him and Romney and described the 2012 GOP nominee as a “self-serving egomaniac.”
“Well, what do I know about Mitt Romney? I know that he is a self-serving egomaniac who puts himself first, who has a chip on his shoulder that thinks he should be president of the United States. I mean, there’s no love lost between me and Mitt Romney — I’ve called him a loser for the last six months.”
Collins isn’t the only loyal Trump supporter to have negative things to say about Mr. Romney. Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway took to the airwaves on Sunday to publicly denounce the potential pick of Romney as secretary of state.
On Monday, Conway and MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough of Morning Joe fame were in a kerfuffle over a reported leak from two top Trump transition team sources that President-elect Trump was “furious” with Conway for going “rogue” with her negative review of Romney’s being considered. Conway called Scarborough’s reporting “sexist.”
Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee, both extremely loyal Trump supporters, have also expressed their displeasure with Romney who was a loud and vocal critic of then-candidate Donald Trump during the GOP presidential primary. Romney defeated both Gingrich and Huckabee in the 2012 GOP presidential primary, going on to lose to Barack Obama.
Chris Collins said that his concerns are that Romney is a “lone wolf” who wouldn’t necessarily take direction from the future president, however, he did say that once the pick is made he would definitely get behind it and that the decision is ultimately President-elect Trump’s to make.
President-elect Trump is scheduled to meet with former general and CIA director David Petraeus on Monday. Bloomberg News reports that Petraeus is under consideration for the secretary of state position as well. He is also expected to meet once again with Mitt Romney on Tuesday.
— New Day (@NewDay) November 28, 2016