President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly considering appointing Mitt Romney as his secretary of state, despite the many criticisms the pair launched at each other during the presidential election.
An anonymous source close to Trump told NBC that the president-elect and the former Massachusetts governor are set to meet on either Nov. 19 or 20, and have reportedly set aside their differences after months of heated attacks during the election, notes CNBC.
Romney spearheaded the "Never Trump" movement, campaigned for Trump's opponents in the GOP primaries, and called Trump "a phony" and "a fraud," while Trump at the time called Romney a loser and said that he "choked like a dog" during his 2012 presidential campaign. But after Election Day, Romney congratulated the president-elect on his underdog win in a phone call that Trump said was "very nice!"
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley, and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker are also rumored to be on Trump's shortlist to head the State Department.
CNN also reported from a source that Romney and Trump were meeting around the same time period to discuss "governing moving forward" and a potential role for Romney in Trump's administration, though the source did not elaborate on the particular position.
Though some have expressed concerns that Trump has not yet announced the majority of his cabinet and has replaced several members of his transition team, his spokespeople have said that they are working hard but do not have a specific timetable for the official appointments, as they are focusing on "getting it right."
"In the words of Vice President [Joe] Biden just yesterday after meeting with Mr. Pence, nobody should expect the government to be formed overnight," senior Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Nov. 17, according to CNN. "Nobody is in a rush to do the wrong thing."
So far, Trump's team has revealed that RNC chairman Reince Priebus will be White House chief of staff and Trump's campaign CEO, Steve Bannon, will come on board as chief strategist and senior counselor.