Report: Trump Leaning Toward Romney for Secretary of State

Leah Barkoukis
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Posted: Nov 23, 2016 7:15 AM
Report: Trump Leaning Toward Romney for Secretary of State

President-elect Donald Trump is leaning towards nominating Gov. Mitt. Romney as secretary of state, according to a report in The Wall Street Journal.

Sources with inside knowledge of the deliberations told the Journal that Trump sees Romney “as the prototypical choice to be the nation’s top diplomat.” Two sources said he’s “inclined” to choose the 2012 Republican nominee.

Messrs. Trump and Romney were very critical of each other during the 2016 campaign, but both men appear to be ready to put that behind them. Vice President-elect Mike Pence greeted Mr. Romney personally outside the Bedminster, N.J., golf club where Mr. Trump was interviewing prospective appointees over the weekend. On Sunday, Mr. Pence said the session between Mr. Trump and Mr. Romney was “a very substantive meeting.”

Kellyanne Conway said the two men have put their differences behind them.

“I think in politics people look at each other through these blue and red lenses, but businessmen like Romney and Trump, they tend to be able to shed those gladiator outfits of blue and red and try to solve problems and come together,” she told CNN.

Still, some within Trump’s inner circle are pushing for Rudy Giuliani.

Newt Gingrich told reporters on Monday that he sees “huge advantages” to choosing Giuliani.

"I think that, if you want someone who is going to go out and be a very tough negotiator for America and represent American interest in the way that Trump campaigned, I think that probably Rudy is a better pick and has the right temperament," the former GOP Speaker said.