Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney is at the top of President-elect Donald Trump's list of candidates for his administration's secretary of State, The Wall StreetJournalreported Tuesday.
Trump sees Romney as "the prototypical choice to be the nation's top diplomat," The Wall Street Journal report said, citing "people familiar with the deliberations." According to the report, Trump's advisers are split into three camps: Those who favor Romney, those who favor Rudy Giuliani and those who prefer a third alternative.
CNN, also citing an unnamed source, reported that Romney is seriously considering the appointment.
Giuliani was one of the first politicians to endorse Trump and some in the Trump camp see him as more in keeping with the anti-establishment tone of the president-elect's campaign. Newt Gingrich, for example, told reporters Monday 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.”
Romney was one of Trump's most vocal Republican critics, both during the primary and general election campaigns. Here are some of the highlights from Romney's speech in March attacking Trump:
- He "inherited his business, he didn't create it."
- "When it comes to foreign policy he is very, very not smart."
- "Dishonesty is Trump's hallmark."
- "Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud."
- "He's playing the American public for suckers."
- "He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president."
Oh, and after Trump's lewd comments about women surfaced in the now infamous 2005 Access Hollywood recording, Romney tweeted that Trump's words "demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America's face to the world."
Hitting on married women? Condoning assault? Such vile degradations demean our wives and daughters and corrupt America's face to the world.— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) October 8, 2016
So, if Trump offers the position to Romney, and Romney accepts, Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals concept, based on Abraham Lincoln's Cabinet, will be taken to a whole new extreme.
Other Trump favorites, according to The Wall Street Journal report, are retired Marine general James Mattis for secretary of Defense and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for United Nations ambassador.