Supporters of US President-elect Donald Trump will “feel betrayed” if he appoints former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney as the country’s secretary of state, says the future president’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway.
Appearing on CNN on Sunday, Trump’s former campaign manager implied that former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani would be a better option for the key posts.
Trump’s choices for the United States’ top diplomat have apparently been narrowed to one of the two figures.
In the run-up to the US 2016 presidential election, Romney described the real estate tycoon as “a phony, (and) a fraud.”
“His is not the temperament of a stable, thoughtful leader. His imagination must not be married to real power,” the governor said in a speech in March.
However, the two long-time foes met privately in a clubhouse at Trump’s golf course in Bedminster Township, New Jersey, on November 19.
According to reports, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, the former governor of Indiana, is the one promoting Romney to Trump.
“There was the Never Trump movement and then there was Mitt Romney who gave speeches against Donald Trump, attacked his character … and the Romney consultants were the worst to all of us,” Conway said of the time ahead of the 2016 presidential election.
She asserted that “Only one person will select the cabinet and that is President-elect Donald Trump,” and that she was “not sure my personal concerns matter,” yet stating points, signifying that the governor is disqualified to be in charge of American international diplomacy.
“Over the last four years, has Governor Romney been around the globe doing something on behalf of the United States of which we are unaware? Has he been to intervene in Syria where we are having a massive humanitarian crisis? Has been helpful to Mr Netanyahu?”
She added that, “I’m just saying [about] the backlash. We don’t even know if Mitt Romney voted for Donald Trump.”
Meanwhile, Giuliani remained concerned that his support for an anti-Iran terrorist group could disqualify him.
Despite that, he has been making the case to get the post.
“I probably have travelled in the last 13 years as much as Hillary [Clinton] did in the years she was secretary of state. My knowledge of foreign policy is as good, or better, than anybody they’re talking to… I’ve been to England eight times, Japan six times, France five times. China three times – once with Bill Clinton, by the way,” he said in an interview with the Wall Street Journal this week.