I don’t think anyone wanted Governor Mitt Romney as President-elect Donald Trump’s Secretary of State. There was a huge uprising when Romney’s name was added to the list via the media and speculation has grown after two meetings with the President-elect.
Trump supporters have not been able to get over the venom Romney gave Trump during the GOP primaries, even though Trump said he gave Romney must worse the last four years after Romney got beat by Barack Obama.
Fomer NY Mayor Rudy Giuliani is another case. Giuliani has been a Trump confident since the beginning. Hopefully, there will be a place for America’s mayor somewhere in Trump’s cabinet.
— WBAL Baltimore News (@wbaltv11) December 4, 2016
According to two people close to the transition, Trump is moving away from two of the front-runners for the job, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee. Giuliani’s international business ties and public campaigning for the job are said to have rankled Trump. And while Trump has met twice with Romney, he’s said to be aware of the risks of angering his supporters by tapping a Republican who was among his fiercest critics.
Former CIA director David Petraeus is still in the mix, though both people close to the transition said Trump’s prolonged decision-making process has left the door open to other options.
One of the sources said Trump was open to expanding his short list of secretary of State prospects. Among the possibilities: Jon Huntsman, a former Republican Utah governor who also served as the ambassador to China and speaks Mandarin.
The people close to the transition insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the private process publicly.
Trump also made no mention Saturday of his decision to speak on the phone with Taiwan’s leader, a breach of long-standing tradition that risks enmity from China.
— D Dukes (@DJMU2014) December 4, 2016
@wbaltv11 Romney should have known better after that speech he gave.
— Sher’ Wilson (@cherokeesher2) December 4, 2016
@wbaltv11 Mitt is so embarrassing! Who does that? Trump just punk’d him!
— marionfrances (@marionfrances) December 4, 2016
— Mendocino Bill (@BillMendocino) December 4, 2016
@wbaltv11 Romney never was going to be picked, it was to humiliate him. He did a good job humiliating himself.
— Donna M Citro (@mscitro) December 4, 2016
@wbaltv11 LOL, Great, Giuliani will not be the Secretary of State. But come on Romney you knew better.
— yoli (@CarmenL27018925) December 4, 2016
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