Mitt Romney Will Have His Second “Interview” Today
President-elect, Donald Trump’s transition aides, say that Mitt Romney, in consideration for the secretary of state post, will meet with the future president today. This will be Romney’s second meeting in regards to the position. According to transitions communications director Jason Miller, he said, “The two, quite frankly, hadn’t spent that much time together.” He suggested this is the reason for the second meeting.
Romney has caused some of Trump’s inner circle to opening criticize him as a potential Cabinet pick mostly because he opposed the president-elect during the recent election campaign. One spokesperson, senior adviser Kellyanne Conway said Sunday on ABC that the 2012 GOP presidential nominee and ex-governor of Massachusetts, “went out of his way to hurt Trump.” It was reported that her statement angered Trump; however, others have questioned if Conway was “set-up” to make such an accusation. Conway also stated, “I’m all for party unity, but I’m not sure we have to pay for that with the secretary of state position. It’s just breathtaking in scope and intensity the type of messages I’ve received from all over the country…the number of people who feel betrayed to think that Gov Romney would get the most prominent Cabinet post after he went so far out of his way to hurt Donald Trump.”
One Trump source acknowledged the existence of an internal feud between Conway and chief of staff Reince Priebus, specifically about the choice between Romney and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani for the position.
The interesting feud playing out in public between Romney and Giuliani has captured the attention of a nation in a way rarely seen after the election ends and the transition to the White House begins. However, everyone agrees that this transition has been unique in many ways.
Conway told CNN that she has spoken to Trump several times, both Sunday and Monday, and that he was not angry or irritated. She said that Trump understands that her comments about Romney come from a place of loyalty to the President-elect.