President-elect Trump had nice things to say about 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on Thursday night, having met with Romney twice in consideration for a secretary of state nomination.
From Washington Examiner
“It was good. We got along very well. He was very, very nice – very nice in terms of his remarks afterwards,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity in a pre-taped interview that aired Thursday night. “And I think it was very good. We have some terrific people and terrific people to come.”
The former Massachusetts governor had called his Tuesday dinner with Trump and incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus “engaging” and “enlightening,” during an informal press conference following the meeting.
“The last few weeks he’s been carrying out a transition effort and I have to tell you I’ve been impressed by what I’ve seen in the transition effort. The people he’s selected as members of his Cabinet are solid, effective, capable people,” Romney told members of the press Tuesday evening in New York City.
Romney also praised Trump’s professionalism in a possible attempt to make up for comments on the campaign trail earlier this year bashing the billionaire businessman as a man whose leadership would trigger “trickle-down racism.”
“I don’t want to see a president of the United States saying things which change the character of the generations of Americans that are following,” Romney told CNN in June. “Presidents have an impact on the nature of our nation, and trickle-down racism and trickle-down bigotry and trickle-down misogyny — all of these things are extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of America.”
Romney’s tone on Tuesday, three weeks after Trump surprised pollsters by winning the electoral vote, was one of optimism and hope.
“What I’ve seen through these discussions I’ve had with President-elect Trump, as well as what we’ve seen in his speech at the night of his victory — as well as the people he’s selected as part of his transition — all of those things combined give me increasing hope that President-elect Trump is the very man who can lead us to that better future,” Romney added, though not hitting on whether he is still in the running for State.
Romney praised some of Trump’s recent appointments, including South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, Georgia Rep. Tom Price, Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions and Betsy Devos, but did not reference those he is up against for State secretary. The former Massachusetts governor faces off against a handful of men for the State appointment, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker and former CIA Director General David Petraeus.
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