US President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly called Mitt Romney, one of his fiercest critics and the 2012 Republican nominee, to tell him that he is not getting the post of secretary of state.
After Bloomberg and some other sources revealed this information on Monday night, the former Massachusetts governor also confirmed that he was not being considered for the job by Trump.
“It was an honor to have been considered for Secretary of State of our great country,” Romney wrote on his Facebook page.
“My discussions with President-elect Trump have been both enjoyable and enlightening. I have very high hopes that the new administration will lead the nation to greater strength, prosperity and peace,” he stated.
Trump announced on Monday night on his Twitter handle that he will pick a person to lead the State Department on Tuesday morning.
Romney — a figure with orthodox Republican views — was on the shortlist for the post of top US diplomat until the end, Bloomberg reported.
But now ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson is expected to be named by the president-elect as his secretary of state, according to reports.
Romney had been a virulent critic of Trump throughout his Republican primary campaign, imploring voters to reject his candidacy.
In March, he said the victory of Trump in the 2016 presidential election “will have profound consequences for the Republican Party and, more importantly, for the country.”
“If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished,” he warned. “Here’s what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud,” claimed Romney.
The former Massachusetts governor said in June if Trump would be elected president, he could legitimize racism and bigotry and change the moral fabric of American society.
In response, Trump, who endorsed Romney in 2012, denounced him as an “ungrateful” person, adding that Romney begged for his endorsement and “would’ve dropped to his knees” for it.
“I believe I won for him, or helped him win, fives states that he was going to lose in the primaries. … He was ungrateful,” Trump said.
Trump had propelled himself as the president-elect by framing himself as an anti-establishment outsider. However, his campaign had been defined by controversy from the beginning, including disparaging remarks about women, Mexican immigrants and Muslims.