Politics

Trump Adviser: Romney Appointment Would Be 'Betrayal'

| by Oren Peleg

Only a week after Kellyanne Conway, campaign director for President-elect Donald Trump, broke rank with her boss over his potential pick of former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney for secretary of state, a second adviser close to the president-elect has come out in opposition to the rumored choice. Stephen Moore, Trump’s senior economic adviser, criticized Romney and questioned his potential appointment on a Dec. 1 radio interview.

"This makes me so angry," Moore told the Chicago radio show “Morning Answer,” reports CNN. "If Mitt Romney is nominated for secretary of state, I feel this will be a betrayal of those who worked for Donald Trump, like myself, for the last four or five months; worked our butts off to get him elected, and then to put in as secretary of state, a man who did everything he possibly could to derail your nomination and your road to the White House.”

Moore’s reference to betrayal mirrors Conway’s criticism of Romney.

"I'm all for party unity, but I'm not sure we have to pay for that with the secretary of state position," Conway told CNN’s “State of the Union” on Nov. 27. “It's just breathtaking in scope and intensity the type of messages I've received from all over the country ... the number of people who feel betrayed to think that Gov. Romney would get the most prominent Cabinet post after he went so far out of his way to hurt Donald Trump."

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Rumors have been buzzing for weeks that Trump’s two contenders for secretary of state are former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and the 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.  

On Nov. 30, Romney and Trump dined together at Jean-Georges, a high-end restaurant inside the Trump International Hotel in Manhattan.

“I had a wonderful evening with President-elect Trump,” Romney told reporters after the dinner, The New Yorker notes. “We had another discussion about affairs throughout the world, and these discussions I’ve had with him have been enlightening and interesting and engaging. I’ve enjoyed them very, very much.”

Sources: CNN (2), The New Yorker / Photo credit: Roger Sayles/Flickr

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