Mitt Romney, in fact, might have to apologize to secure a position in President-elect Donald Trump’s cabinet.
A report published in DailyMail.com confirmed that some of the president’s aides discussed asking Romney to make a public apology to secure a nomination for the Secretary of State position.
The tipster of the online publication, however, did not say if Trump has given blessing to these talks — or if he even has knowledge of such.
Public Apology: What For?
Eight months ago, former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney said, “Dishonesty is Donald Trump’s hallmark.” He also mocked his “bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, and the absurd third-grade theatrics.”
He also called Trump “a phony, a fraud” in front of a Utah audience in March.
If you do not recall this incident. Here’s an excerpt:
“His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing members of the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House, and all we get is a lousy hat.”
In an interview with Fox News on November 23, former Trump campaign rival Mike Huckabee, introduced the idea of Romney apologizing.
He said the only way Romney could even be considered for a cabinet post is if he repudiated everything he said in his Salt Lake City speech in public.
Huckabee also said that Romney did not just attack Trump’s political standpoint, but also on a personal level — his integrity, honor and character.
Question of Loyalty
Stephen K. Bannon, who has been tapped as Trump’s chief strategist, is one of those who have expressed doubts about Romney’s loyalty.
Bannon and others also said that the State Department might turn into something of a rogue agency under Romney’s leadership.
This is according to a report from the New York Times.
Huckabee also told Fox News that Romney’s induction to the position is a “real insult” to the people who supported and voted Trump.
Who Will Be Secretary of State?
“The President-elect is meeting with a number of well qualified potential selections for this important position to share his America-first foreign policy, some of whom have been made public and others who have not,” transition team spokesperson, Jason Miller, told reporters.
However the most notable names circulating are Romney and Rudolph W. Giuliani.
After meeting with Romney earlier this month, a senior Trump official said the President-elect himself believes Romney “looks the part” and would make a fine Secretary of State.
If critics see loyalty as Romney’s problem, those raising concerns about Guiliani fear that his tangle of foreign business ties could lead to a damaging confirmation battle.
They also cited Giuliani’s lack of vigor which is required for the job.
The ties with foreign businesses make Trump wary, and it sounds like he might just put Giuliani as Director of National Intelligence. However, Trump’s advisors have not discussed this with Giuliani.
This situation opens an option for a third candidate, Gen. John F. Kelly. Former CIA Director, David Petreaus, and Tennessee Senator Bob Corker, are also under consideration according to two people involved in the selection.
Do you think Romney is a good selection for Trump’s Secretary of State?