Former Republican Gov. Mike Huckabee of Arkansas has urged President-elect Donald Trump not to appoint former Republican Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts to his cabinet.
The Trump transition team has confirmed that Romney is under active consideration for the position of Secretary of State. No decision has been made about the key role, but a source familiar with the transition process told CNN that Romney is seriously considering taking on the job.
On Nov. 23, Huckabee blasted Romney's potential appointment, asserting that the former GOP presidential nominee had been disloyal to Trump during the presidential race and should not be rewarded.
"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," Huckabee told Fox News.
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In March, Romney had condemned Trump during the GOP primary, blasting the business mogul's campaign rhetoric and labeling him a "fraud."
In Huckabee's view, Romney's opposition of Trump's nomination had crossed a line.
"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."
Huckabee had previously been rumored to be a potential U.S. ambassador to Israel. The former governor's possible appointment had been criticized amid his recent unfounded accusation that the Nazi defacement of an Illinois University had been a false flag committed by liberal Jews, International Business Times reports.
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Huckabee confirmed that he had been considered for a position but did not disclose what his role might have been. The former governor asserted that Romney would not belong in a Trump administration because it "would be a real insult to all those Donald Trump voters who worked really hard."
The former governor concluded that he would only approve of Romney's potential appointment if the former GOP nominee publicly renounces all of his previous criticisms of the president-elect.
On Nov. 22, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich also knocked Romney's rumored appointment, stating that the former governor's personal worldview would not mesh with a Trump administration.
"I can think of 20 other people who would be more naturally compatible with the Trump vision of foreign policy," Gingrich told Fox News. He added that Romney was unlikely to "represent the kind of tough-minded, America-first policies that Trump has campaigned on."