Trump Allies Don't Want Romney As Secretary Of State

During the campaign, Romney was an outspoken critic of Trump, describing him as a "con artist" who was temperamentally unfit to be president.

But the other leading choice for secretary of state, Giuliani, has made some U.S. diplomats and ethics experts wary because of his business dealings with foreign governments, as well as his lack of experience in foreign policy.

Parker wrote in her column this week that Trump and Romney are so different in their politics that it may actually make sense for them to work together.

"I would not, for example, embed US personnel at the Iraqi battalion level, nor would I support clearance operations before a viable force is available", he said in an interview with "CBS This Morning" a year ago.

Romney, 69, helped lead the Republican Party establishment's efforts to sideline Trump from the presidential race.

There are, of course, others Trump might want to consider apologizing to - to prove he has changed as a person and learned right from wrong. Nevertheless, if he has been asked and if he accepts the job, Americans could be confident that Mr. Romney would serve Mr. Trump and this country well. One of such nominees is Nikki Haley, governor of the state of South Carolina, best remembered for ordering the controversial Confederate flag removed from South Carolina Statehouse after a self-confessed racist murdered nine African American worshipers in a historically black church. Other campaign staffers are expected to get White House staff positions, if they want them, as well. It will be a hard call for Romney to decide if an apology to the likes of Trump is worth such a large promotion.

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Conway, who was Trump's campaign manager during the election, appeared to acknowledge critics' concerns, arguing the merits of previous secretaries of state - Henry Kissinger, who was appointed by Richard Nixon, and George P. Shultz, who worked with Ronald Reagan. It has been known that the former Governor of MA was a stern critic of the billionaire businessman during the recent campaign period. In his interview this week with staffers at The New York Times, the billionaire developer sounded like a different man, praising President Barack Obama and opponent Hillary Clinton and talking about the need to unite a divided nation. That's Mitt Romney, the 2012 presidential nominee. He added, "It's my prayer that on this Thanksgiving we begin to heal our divisions and move forward as one country strengthened by shared goal and very, very common resolve". His appointments so far show a clear preference for rewarding his early campaign backers and allies.

Romney refused to support Trump during the campaign and wouldn't say who he voted for--the kind of disloyalty that Trump claims to despise.

Yet because Romney harshly criticized Trump during the GOP primary, some Trump staffers are taking potshots at him and pushing former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a prominent and outspoken Trump supporter.

Trump was also considering Giuliani for the position, but his nomination may face a more perilous road being confirmed by the Senate.

Both Romney and Giuliani have made their interest in the job known to Trump.

But since this is a nation with no shortage of talent, other splendid choices such as Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly and former general and Central Intelligence Agency director David Petraeus, have surfaced. Bob Corker, among others. If Trump were to land on Petraeus, it would be a stunningly ironic development: The former Central Intelligence Agency director pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge for mishandling classified information.

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