Mitt Romney is currently at the top of Trump’s list for Secretary of State, and in all honesty, he would probably be the best possible choice all things considered. Certainly better than Rudy Giuliani.
But many people in Trump’s camp are pissed, and don’t want Trump to choose the former Massachusetts governor.
In a Twitter post Thursday, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway expressed the sentiments of the faction opposed to Romney. Conway said she had received a “deluge” of concern from people who questioned the loyalty of Romney, a former Massachusetts governor who assailed Trump as a “phony” during the presidential campaign.
Receiving deluge of social media & private comms re: Romney Some Trump loyalists warn against Romney as sec of state https://t.co/HDtpjeJTc3
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) November 24, 2016
Discussing the possibility of Mitt Romney as Secretary of State, Trump ally Mike Huckabee said, “It’s not about that I don’t care for Mitt personally, but I’m still very unhappy that Mitt did everything he could to derail Donald Trump. He didn’t just go after him from a standpoint of saying I disagree with his policy on immigration or I disagree with his policy on taxes. He attacked him on a personal level about his character, integrity, his honor.”
Romney delivered a blistering speech in March in Salt Lake City in which he called Trump a “phony” and a “fraud.” He also tried to pick a convention floor fight, boldly calling on voters to cast their primary ballot for whichever Republican had a chance to beat Trump in their state.
He also used his speech to warn of the dangers of a Trump administration, mocking the real estate mogul’s business acumen — “A business genius he is not,” Romney said — and blasting his “flimsy at best” policies. He also described his foreign policy chops as “very, very not smart,” and said that “dishonesty” was the hallmark of his campaign.
Trump, who had repeatedly dismissed Romney as a failed candidate, immediately returned fire, saying Romney was a “choke artist” who begged for his endorsement and would have “dropped to his knees” had he asked him to.