Will Trump Ask Romney to be Secretary of State?

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President-elect Donald Trump is strongly considering former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney to be the next secretary of state after the two former rivals met over the weekend, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Trump is leaning toward asking Romney to be the nation’s top diplomat instead of former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, another leading candidate for the job, the newspaper reported, citing anonymous sources.

“Absolutely no decision has been made,” a Trump spokesman told the Journal.

The news signaled that the two men have put behind them the barbs they traded during the presidential campaign. Among the insults swapped, Romney called Trump unfit for office and Trump called Romney a fraud. The two spoke for 90 minutes Saturday at Trump National Gold Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, where the president-elect also met with other potential cabinet appointees.

“We had a far-reaching conversation with regard to the various theaters of the world with interest to the United States of real significance,” Romney told reporters after the meeting. “We discussed those areas and exchanged our views on those topics… I appreciate the chance to speak with the president-elect and look forward to the coming administration.”

Romney, a former investment banker and losing 2012 GOP presidential candidate, gained international diplomacy experience when he interacted with a host of world leaders while chairing the 2002 Winter Olympics organizing committee in Salt Lake City. But some questioned if he was the right man for Trump.

“There are huge advantages to Rudy Giuliani,” former House Speaker Newt Gingrich told reporters Monday. “Frankly, 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.”

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