Donald Trump and Mitt Romney fiercely criticized each other during the campaign. Now the two are meeting to make peace amid speculation Romney is being considered for secretary of State in a Trump administration.
There have been reports that Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, is interested in the post of secretary of State but analysts say it’s doubtful Trump would offer a job in his administration or that Romney would take it given the verbal jabs they exchanged on the trail. usatoday.com
Would a Romney Role as Secretary of State soften Trump’s Bluster?
Mr. Romney fits a decidedly different mold. Earlier this year, he said that if Mr. Trump became the Republican nominee, “the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished,” and he suggested that Mr. Trump was dangerous and unstable. He deplored Mr. Trump’s personal qualities: “the bullying, the greed, the showing off, the misogyny, the absurd third-grade theatrics.”
But if he took a cabinet post, Mr. Romney could serve as a moderating influence on the hard-liners Mr. Trump has already selected, including Representative Mike Pompeo of Kansas as C.I.A. director and Stephen K. Bannon as chief strategist. It could also force Mr. Romney to defend administration policies he did not believe in.
This second option appears to have more substance. Indicating that the effort to reach out to Romney may be more show than moderation.
John Feehery, a Republican strategist, said Mr. Trump was showing “great magnanimity” by talking to Mr. Romney, the party’s 2012 nominee and a former governor of Massachusetts. “I think it is meant to reassure some of the establishment that he is going to reach out to them, and that’s an important part of healing the party.” read more at nytimes.com
In the aftermath of Trumps surprising victory, there are many unanswered questions about the path forward. Many of Trumps pronouncements during the campaign raised eyebrows, and frankly have scared many.
Will he sober up under the responsibility of the office. One would assume so. And from that perspective we can hope.
On the other hand, the apparent ignorance as opposed to the stupidity of some of his comments seem to leave him vulnerable to Loyal advisors with uncertain knowledge, skills and most worrisome motives.
As always, it is time to be vigilant.