Several sources are confirming the President-elect Donald Trump will hold discussions with former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney on November 19. CNN reported and NBC confirmed that Trump and Romney will discuss “governing moving forward” amid speculation that Romney is in the running to serve as Secretary of Treasury or Secretary of State.
Romney was one of Trump’s most acute critics during the presidential campaign and primaries. In March, Romney gave a speech vilifying the New York businessman, calling him “phony,” a “fraud,” and “reckless.” In his remarks, this spring, Romney said “And then what he said about on 60 Minutes. Did you hear this? It was about Syria and ISIS, and it has to go down as the most ridiculous and dangerous idea of the entire campaign season. Let ISIS take out Assad, he said, and then we can pick up the remnants. Now, think about that. Let the most dangerous terror organization the world has ever known take over an entire country? This recklessness is recklessness in the extreme. Now, Donald Trump tells us that he is very, very smart. I’m afraid that when it comes to foreign policy he is very, very not smart.” However, Romney did call to congratulate Trump on the latter’s electoral victory.
Trump and Romney are also apparently opposed when it comes to Russia. While Trump has said variously that he can work with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, Romney said during his failed 2012 presidential bid that Russia is the single biggest threat facing the United States. Observers have since said he was right, despite criticisms directed at him by President Obama at the time, because of Russia’s continue aggression in Ukraine and on its western border. Romney said in 2012, “This is without question our No. 1 geopolitical foe,” and added, “They fight for every cause for the world’s worst actors. The idea that [President Obama] has more flexibility in mind for Russia is very, very troubling indeed.”
Rumors and speculation are rife in Washington and cyber-space over Trump’s possible Cabinet picks. However, the speculation has been largely limited to close advisors who campaigned for Trump: retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL). The only two cabinet-level slots that have been confirmed are: former Breitbart News Chairman Steve Bannon as his chief strategist, and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus as Chief of Staff. Numerous prominent individuals and former civil servants have been seen making calls at Trump Tower for audiences with Donald Trump. Accompanying Lt. Gen. Flynn recently was Sebastian Gorka, a national security scholar who is currently affiliated with U.S. Southern Command Joint Special Operations University. Gorka, who is of Hungarian origin, is the author of the bestselling “Defeating Jihad: The Winnable War.”
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