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Donald Trump Meeting with Mitt Romney a Surprise to Many After Past Hostility

Updated on November 23, 2016

Trump and Romney have historic meeting

President Elect Trump met with former rival Mitt Romney Saturday to try to further the reconciliation process of the Republican Party.
President Elect Trump met with former rival Mitt Romney Saturday to try to further the reconciliation process of the Republican Party. | Source

Trump and Romney meeting results awaited

The recent meeting of President-Elect Donald Trump and former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney surprised many in the political world after the hostile words the two exchanged during the 21016 presidential campaign, according to Fox News recently. Vice-President Elect Mike Pence confirmed Sunday Romney was under serious consideration for the position of Secretary of State for which Rudy Giuliani is also a a contender. Trump is expected to announce this week who his nominee for Secretary of State will be.

During the often bitter battle for the Republican nomination Trump had referred to Romney as a "choke artist" for losing the 2012 presidential election to President Barack Obama. The former Massachusetts governor had refused to endorse Trump for president, even after he won the Republican nomination. Romney had further accused the New York billionaire of being a "con man" and went on the national news media to make a lengthy statement in which he criticized Romney.

Many political observers had speculated at the time of Romney's statements that he was angling for the Republican nomination for himself in the event of a brokered Republican National Convention in Cleveland. Whatever, his reasons for the statement, Romney continued his opposition to Trump throughout the primaries and even after the convention.

The acrimony between Trump and Romney caused many to be surprised when the two met with Vice President Elect Pence at the Trump National Golf Course Saturday in New Jersey for a meeting which lasted more than an hour. The New York real estate tycoon was shown on CBS News and the other major networks smiling and greeting Trump as he walked toward the front door of the clubhouse for the golf course.

The two celebrities were shown cordially shaking hands at the front door before they disappeared inside. Pence in a Sunday appearance on Fox News with Chris Wallace confirmed the meeting went well, but refused to disclose the contents of the meeting. When Wallace asked Pence if Trump and Romney had patched things up during the meeting, Pence only smiled and said the two political giants had spent some time alone as part of the meeting. Vice-President Elect Pence indicated to Wallace he should ask Romney and Trump that question.

As for Romney, he emerged after the meetings and said they had discussed a far-ranging group of issues involving several "theaters around the world", according to NBC News.

Many Trump supporters expressed their opposition to Romney being named as Secretary of State. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich voiced his skepticism on Fox News Tuesday that Romney would be a good pick, saying, "I can think of twenty other people better suited for Secretary of State than Mitt Romney."

Commentators on several major new outlets including Fox News, CNN and MSNBC have speculated as to whether or not Romney was a serious candidate for any Cabinet position because of the previous hostility between the two men. Ironically, film shown on Fox News, showed Trump supporting Romney during the 2012 election against President Obama.

Many reporters on several major news outlets have speculated Giuliani was the frontrunner for the position. Giuliani was a loyal supporter of Trump's during the campaign. Giuliani is a former mayor of New York City and a prosecutor.

Fox News commentator Sean Hannity said on his Fox News show that he would be surprised if Romney would be selected by Trump to be the Secretary of State because of the loyalty issue. However, guests on Hannity's show said they could see a pathway for Romney to the position. They said that if Trump was convinced Romney was the most qualified man for the job, then he might name the former Massachusetts governor to the position.

Giuliani, who made his name as a U.S. Attorney in the State of New York, reportedly said he wasn't interested in the Attorney General job. Originally thought to be the favorite for the Secretary of State position, Giuliani is still in the running. In fact, another Trump loyalist Newt Gingrich said today he had believed it would be "Rudy" who would get the job.

Other commentators on Fox today said Giuliani might be a better fit as the Head of Homeland Security.

Results from meeting seem successful

President-Elect Donald Trump (left)  shown after meeting with Mitt Romney after meeting Saturday at Trump National Country Club in New Jersey.  Rumors are Romney may be named Secretary of State.
President-Elect Donald Trump (left) shown after meeting with Mitt Romney after meeting Saturday at Trump National Country Club in New Jersey. Rumors are Romney may be named Secretary of State.

Romney opposed by Trump supporters

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee also expressed his displeasure saying, "I'm still very unhapppy that Mitt did everything he could to derail Donald Trump, according to Fox New on Wednesday. Huckabee further warned that the appointments of disloyal Republicans could create a distraction for the incoming administration.

Huckabee was probably basing his comments on a blistering speech in March in Salt Lake City made by Romney in which be hurled personal insults at the New Yorker. Romney used terms such as a "phony" and a "fraud" to describe the President-Elect. The son of George Romney, who served as governor of Michigan, further said of Trump, "A business genius he is not." The Secretary of State hopeful further criticized Trump's economic policies as "flimsy at best," according to Politico. Romney went even further with the personal insults saying that "dishonesty was the trademark of his campaign."

Huckabee further said of Romney, "It would be a real insult to all those Donald Trump voters who worked really hard. That what I think he (Trump) has to stop and consider."

Romney did radically change his tone on the day after Trump defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton, saying, "Best wishes for our duly elected president: May his victory speech be his guide and preserving the Republic his aim."

Although Romney has come late to the dance, the transition team said after Saturday's meeting in Bedminister, New Jersey, saying, "It was an extremely positive and productive conversation."

In a statement to the press after the meeting, Romney said in pertinent part, that their discussion was "far-reaching" in regard to "the various theaters in the world where there are interests of the United States of real significance."

While Republicans were voicing their doubts concerning Romney, a Democrat came to his support. Rep. Adam Schiff said Sunday he would surprised if Donald Trump picked him, according to The Hill. Schiff further said, "In this new world, I would love Mitt Romney at the State Department. I think he would be a consummate diplomat. I think he could come up to speed on foreign policy issues but I think it's a total head fake."

Schiff seemed to feel Trump was being a showman, saying on CNN, "I still think this is Trump being the entertainer, still running a show where he wants to build suspense. He alone knows which contestant will be the winner, and I think it's more a nod to give the appearance of bringing people together but I would be very surprised if he chooses Romney."

Only Donald Trump knows for sure who he will anoint as his secretary of state, but he has definitely created a lot of suspense as Americans look forward to Thanksgiving tomorrow. Will it be longtime supporter Rudy Giuliani or nemesis Mitt Romney? Only the former host of The Apprentice television who frequently said, "You're fired!" knows who will be hired.



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      EdwardLane 12 months ago

      Thank you for the kind words, Mel. Look forward to reading more of your excellent writing in the future.

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      Mel Carriere 12 months ago from San Diego California

      All of this fake fighting among political opponents is just a smokescreen. The Washington political elite is a close knit group of Dems and Reps alike, and I am sure Trump has pandered to them on many occasions. Great hub.

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      Edward Lane 12 months ago from Wichita Falls, Texas

      You're right, Kathleen. In this the most unusual election in history, nothing should surprise us anymore! I agree. Can't wait to see what happens next.

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      Kathleen Cochran 12 months ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Why would anything surprize anyone any more?