Roiled with remarks uttered during an appearance on NBC’s Meet the Press on Sunday, President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly furious with campaign official Kellyanne Conway, who publicly described the skeptical attitudes expressed by Trump loyalists over the New York businessman’s consideration of former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney as a potential nominee to lead the State Department.
“They (Trump supporters) feel betrayed to think that you can get Romney back in there after everything he did. We don’t even know if he voted for Donald Trump. He and his consultants were nothing but awful to Donald Trump for a year,” Conway admitted.
Later on Sunday, Conway amplified her position on CNN’s State of the Union saying:
“I am all for party unity but I am not sure that we have to pay for that with the Secretary of State position.”
According to reports revealed on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, aides involved with the Trump transition team have described Conway’s assertions as “dangerous.”
Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, repeatedly bludgeoned Mr. Trump during the primaries, and during a speech at the University of Utah in March told the audience Trump was a “phony and a fraud” and described Trump’s campaign promises as “worthless.”
News reports surfaced last week some Trump aides were demanding Romney apologize for his comments for discussions over his potential nomination to lead the State Department to proceed.
According to sources familiar with the matter, an internal feud erupted between Conway and Reince Priebus, the current RNC chairman and White House Chief of Staff designate.
Following her Sunday remarks, Conway told CNN she had spoken with Trump after her talk-show appearances and the president-elect did not reveal anger over her comments.
Romney, along with former CIA Director General David Petraeus, Tennessee Senator Bob Corker and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, are under consideration to become America’s next top diplomat.
Mr. Romney is scheduled to meet again with Trump on Tuesday.
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