President-elect Donald Trump, his soon to be chief of staff, former RNC chairman Reince Priebus, and former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney had dinner together on Tuesday evening, presumably to discuss the prospects of Romney becoming the nation’s next secretary of state.
Following the dinner, held at the highly upscale Jean Georges in New York City, which is located inside a Trump property, reporters caught up with Mitt Romney who said that he was highly impressed at the progress of the Trump transition team and that he believed “America’s best days are ahead of us.” He added that after meeting with the President-elect, he has “increasing hope that President-elect Trump is the very man who can lead us to that better future.”
Romney said that at the dinner they discussed “affairs throughout the world” and describes their talks as “enlightening, interesting and engaging” and that he enjoyed them “very, very much.”
He said that he was also very impressed with Trump’s victory speech which he called inclusive with the goal of bringing people together.
“By the way, it’s not easy winning,” Romney said. “I know that myself. He did something I tried to do and was unsuccessful in accomplishing — he won the general election…and his vision is what obviously connected with people in a very powerful way,” he declared.
Mitt Romney is seen as a leading candidate to be the next secretary of state. However, some of Trump’s most fervent supporters aren’t happy about it. Both Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich have been vocal and frequently vitriolic critics of Romney being considered as secretary of state. Top Trump surrogate, Congressman Chris Collins , said on Monday that he views Romney as a “self-serving egomaniac.”
Romney was one of Trump’s harshest critics during the GOP presidential primary and the feud between the two often got personal, a situation that triggered Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway openly criticizing the potential pick on Sunday.
Loyal Trump supporter Rudy Giuliani is also a candidate being considered to be nominated by Trump to the secretary of state post and has actively been lobbying for the position, as has California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher , who many believe would be the most conservative choice. Former CIA director David Petraeus has also met with President-elect Trump about the position.
Here are Mitt Romney’s full remarks following the dinner as shown on FOX News’ The Kelly File:
Here’s Romney’s full remarks after dinner tonight with Trump pic.twitter.com/ufubPoDrZg
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