New reports from the Wall Street Journal say that people familiar with the deliberations between President-elect Donald Trump and former Governor Mitt Romney that occurred on Tuesday. The meeting took place over 90 minutes, and by the end of it sources say that Trump was leaning toward the one time Republican presidential candidate.
The New York businessman views Mr. Romney as the prototypical choice to be the nation’s top diplomat, and a group of advisers inside the transition are pushing him to select the 2012 Republican presidential nominee. Two people said Mr. Trump is inclined to select Mr. Romney.
This may be surprising news to many. Mitt Romney was actively against Donald Trump's nomination as the Republican presidential candidate, and not only slammed him in a blistering speech, but encouraged everyone to vote instead for Texas Senator Ted Cruz (R-Tx.).
While some in his staff would prefer selecting Romney, not everyone agrees. Namely, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has stated that he would rather see former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani as secretary of state.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, speaking to reporters after meeting with Mr. Trump on Monday, said “there are huge advantages to Rudy Giuliani 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.”
As it stands, Romney's spokesman has not returned requests for comments, and according to Trump spokesman Jason Miller, “absolutely no decision has been made” in regards to the position of secretary of state.