Mitt Romney for Secretary of State - Will President-Elect Trump Make the Call?

Updated on November 27, 2016
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Mitt Romney
Mitt Romney

Trump Republicans across the nation did a double take after hearing the news that President-elect Donald Trump was meeting with former candidate Mitt Romney. The shock that Romney, a leader of the Never-Trump movement might emerge with a key post in the Trump administration might seem baffling, but it's a good choice for many reasons. Trump has been a successful businessman for most of his life because he surrounds himself with capable and intelligent people who keep their eyes on the prize. As President, Donald Trump is responsible for protecting American values both at home and abroad. Appointing Mitt Romney as his Secretary of State would demonstrate to America that his administration can rise above personal differences for the greater good of the nation; something the Democrats have yet to achieve.

Mitt Romney's Political Career

Willard Mitt Romney is an American businessman who ran unsuccessfully for the office of the President in 2008 and 2012. He also ran a failed Senatorial campaign in 1994, losing to incumbent Ted Kennedy. He like Bernie Sanders, was a registered Independent at the time and only joined the Republican Party to challenge Kennedy. In a tough race, and a tough year for Democrat, Kennedy soundly defeated Romney 58-41. Romney was down, but not our after the loss, vowing to win if he even ran for office again. His predictions came true when he successfully ran for Governor of Massachusetts, being sworn in on January, 2003. He served a four year term with an approval rating of over 50%. He entered the 2008 Presidential race two days after his term as Governor casting himself as an outsider, quite like Trump did but without actually being that far removed. He focused on his successful career in business and his management of the Olympic Games in Salt Lake City as part of his election strategy. He was considered a top-tier candidate but dropped out of the Republican primary in 2008 after Senator John McCain had a stellar Super Tuesday. McCain went on to be the Republican nominee, but was soundly defeated by Barack Obama, a newcomer. Romney again made a run at the Oval Office in 2012, and was nominated to be the candidate for the Party. He was performing well against President Obama but was derailed near the end of his campaign once a speech he made came to light. His criticisms of the "47%" of Americans was considered the quote of the year; albeit a negative one for his campaign. Hillary Clinton fell into the same trap when she called Americans a "basket of deplorables." Making statements which denigrate vast portions of the electorate appear to be a disaster in the making.

Never Trump

During the campaign, Romney spoke at the University of Utah. He said many things in that speech, but what will be remembered is how he made his feelings crystal clear. "Let me put it plainly, if we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished," was one of the opening salvos spoken by Romney. He went on to attack Trumps plans for balancing the trade deficit, suggesting America would sink into a recession. Trumps proposed foreign policy was ridiculed. And then Romney went full-on Democrat, attacking Trump using the same talking points as Hillary Clinton used. Trump mocked a disabled reporter, he made fun of Megyn Kelly's "blood," and had marital affairs. He claims Trump lacks temperament, he's vulgar, and that dishonesty was Trumps specialty. He continuEd with similar words and closed it by saying, "Here's what I know. Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He's playing the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House and all we get is a lousy hat."

President-Elect Trump and Mitt Romney
President-Elect Trump and Mitt Romney

We Get It - Romney Doesn't Like Trump

Mitt Romney, on the surface doesn't appear to have much faith in President-elect Trump's policies and quite frankly doesn't seem to even like Mr. Trump. This single fact alone could derail almost any potential cabinet member from even getting a chance. Yet, true to his word of building an administration which brings in the best people to run the nation, Trump has been speaking to Mr. Romney about the Secretary of State job and he's seemingly quite serious about it. Trump loyalists are openly condemning the move based on Romney's past history of trying to derail Trump and several other candidates in favor of those who were more inside the Beltway. The biggest concern and question being asked by many is, "will Romney be a loyal part of the Trump administration, or will he be a cancer working from the inside?" Yet, in true Trump form, the man looks at what someone like Romney could bring to the table, and how he can most effectively put those qualities to work for the betterment of the nation.

He Was Right...About Everything

Mitt Romney was ridiculed by the mainstream press after making the bold statement that it was Russia and not Al-Queda who is America's biggest enemy. He was right of course, much to the dismay of the media and the DC Beltway gang. Additionally he was right about Iran and Iraq too. In fact, Romney seems to have a knack for understanding world politics and how they play out. These truisms by Mitt Romney came at the same time Hillary Clinton was Secretary of State. Right while President Obama and her were stirring the pot in Syria and helping ISIS (not ISIL like the President enjoys saying) grow into a Middle Eastern powerhouse. Oh, did I mention he acknowledged that illegal immigration was hurting our economy? it seems that his understanding of the world is that he saw the world as it was — not the way he wished it would be. Could be why President-elect Trump is considering him.

What Will Happen?

I'm not a Romney fan myself. He's a bit too religious for me and a charter member of the old-boys club. He was not only anti-Trump, but worked against him in many ways. I don't care for the inner-battles that went on within the Party this past year, but we can't dwell on the past. Romney is a Republican and stays true on most policies the Party holds as important. Making him Secretary of State will certainly held mend any fences between Trump Republicans and the old GOP families. Many are against it and do not care to heal the wounded Party, but replace it with a newer version. The answer may be found as early as this week, so stay tuned.

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    • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Schwartz 

      22 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      The longer he waits, the less likely it appears Romney will be his choice.

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      G. Diane Nelson Trotter 

      22 months ago from Fontana

      I wish he would hurry, pick Romney, and stop playing around. That's what reality shows are for.

    • RJ Schwartz profile imageAUTHOR

      Ralph Schwartz 

      23 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      That is the real question P.....Romney and Trump are both iconic in their own respective worlds - will they be able to work together?

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      Demas W Jasper 

      23 months ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      The real question which P-elect Trump must decide is "Can Romney be a Trump Team loyalist and also act in the USA's best global interests?"

      I also believe he can and would.

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      Old Poolman 

      23 months ago

      Romney is far more qualified to be Secretary of State than either Kerry or Hillary, but I just don't like him. In my opinion he showed us everything we need to know about him prior to the election.

      Yes, he could probably do the job quite well, but so could others who are on the list. I guess bottom line from me is he would never have my trust for doing the best job for our country.

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      Ralph Schwartz 

      23 months ago from Idaho Falls, Idaho

      I'm hearing General Petraus is being interviewed today. This entire Romney situation may have been a masterful feint by President-Elect Trump just to see who would speak up against him being given the nod. I personally think Romney has the qualifications, but somewhere deep in my gut, there is a nagging feeling that Trump could do better. A military leader would be an interesting choice since it's obvious that the General has quite a different look when apprising the world versus a diplomat.

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      CJ Kelly 

      23 months ago from Auburn, WA

      Ralph, we finally agree. Romney would be an excellent choice. I think those of us on the fence about Trump would feel a lot better. He is much better qualified than Giuliani (who I have liked previously). I know that Conway and Newt don't like Mitt, but who cares what they have to say anyway. Gingrich is just angry about not being an insider anymore.

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