As President-elect Donald Trump continues to form his incoming administration, the role of Secretary of State has been brought down to two men: Trump loyalist and former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani and Trump critic Mitt Romney. In a notable break with her boss, Kellyanne Conway, campaign director for the Trump Campaign, noted that Romney represents a betrayal to those who voted for Trump.
"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" Nov. 27.
“I have never, EVER, seen any aide to a POTUS or PEOTUS publicly try and box the boss in like this. Extraordinary,” David Axelrod, campaign manager for President Barack Obama in 2008 and 2012, tweeted, notes New York magazine.
CNN reports that Conway later added: "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."
During the campaign, Romney was one of Trump’s most vocal and vicious critics.
“If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished,” Romney said in a March speech in Salt Lake City, Utah, notes Politico.
Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, concluded in the speech:
His domestic policies would lead to recession. His foreign policies would make America and the world less safe. He has neither the temperament nor the judgment to be president. And his personal qualities would mean that America would cease to be a shining city on a hill.
Yet, two sources close to Trump’s transition team have revealed that the president-elect will be meeting with Romney for dinner on Nov. 29, notes Politico.
According to CNN, Reince Priebus, the current Republican National Committee chairman and incoming Trump Chief of Staff, told Fox News Nov. 27: "He's going to be making the best decision for the American people. It isn't a matter of warfare. I mean, there's a lot of opinions about this and, yes, it is sort of a 'team of rivals' concept if you were to go towards the Gov. Romney concept."