Since President-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney met over a week ago, rumors have been circulating about a potential administration role for the former governor of Massachusetts.
According to the rampant media speculation, as well as sources inside Trump transition team, Romney is being seriously considered for secretary of state. However, there seems to be a hitch.
Romney, a former Republican presidential candidate who ran against President Obama in 2012, was a fierce critic of Trump during the election season. He questioned the president-elect’s qualifications and temperament publicly on numerous occasions, even giving an entire speech on the subject in March.
“On the other hand, if we make improvident choices, the bright horizon I’ve described will not materialize,” Romney said at the time. “And let me put it very plainly. If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished.”
Romney did nothing short of roast then-candidate Trump, and many were shocked that he might be offered a slot in the incoming administration. However, with Trump building his White House team with those most loyal to him, some are calling for Romney to apologize for his remarks.
“It’s not about that I don’t care for Mitt personally, but I’m still very unhappy that Mitt did everything he could to derail Donald Trump,” said former Arkansas Governor and Trump supporter Mike Huckabee on Wednesday.
“There’s only one way that I think Mitt Romney could even be considered for a post like that and that is he goes to a microphone in a very public place and repudiates everything he said in that famous Salt Lake City speech, and everything he said after that,” he continued.
If Romney wants the position, and if Trump is actually considering giving it to him, the price for the job might be an apology.
Trump is known for valuing loyalty, and for holding grudges against those he felt stood in his way. Then again, Romney’s name might just be a decoy, floated to the press until Trump decides to name Rudy Giuliani as his secretary of state.
Or maybe it’ll be Chachi. Who knows?
[New York Times] [The Hill] [Reuters] [Washington Post] [Photo courtesy Carolyn Kaster/Associated Press via Wall Street Journal]