President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday warmly greeted Mitt Romney to his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, appearing to soothe the raw relations between the two bitter rivals.
Video footage showed the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 presidential candidate smiling and shaking hands with Trump and with Vice President-elect Mike Pence, who has served as Trump’s bridge to establishment Republicans.
Romney and Trump talked for roughly an hour and 20 minutes, and the two emerged to talk briefly with reporters. The former governor said they talked about “far-reaching” foreign policy issues. Trump simply said the meeting “went great.”
They took no questions.
There has been speculation that Romney could get a top job in Trump’s Cabinet, such as Secretary of State, but others have characterized such an appointment as a long shot.
Romney was a leading voice in the Never Trump movement and in March delivered a searing condemnation of the billionaire candidate.
“Here’s what I know: Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud,” Romney said. “His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. He’s playing members of the American public for suckers: He gets a free ride to the White House, and all we get is a lousy hat.”
Now that Trump has won the presidency, Romney appears to have fallen in line with other Republicans who once fiercely warned against Trump but are now trying to find a way to work with the president-elect, especially since the GOP retained both chambers of Congress.
“Mitt Romney called to congratulate me on the win. Very nice!” Trump tweeted on Nov. 13.
Trump had a packed weekend planned in Bedminster, with meetings with Rudy Giuliani, Michelle Rhee, Kris Kobach, and Chris Christie, among others.
Christie has retained his role as an adviser to Trump despite having been ousted as the chief of Trump’s transition efforts, after Trump and his aides lost faith in him following the conviction of two former allies in the Bridgegate scandal and evidence of mismanagement in the transition process.
Trump may also name another national security pick this weekend after naming three major appointments on Friday — Sen. Jeff Sessions as attorney general, retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser, and Rep. Mike Pompeo as CIA director.
Despite the busy schedule, Trump found time to still lash out on Twitter after Pence was booed at a Broadway performance of “Hamilton” on Friday night.
Actor Brandon Victor Dixon also called out Pence on stage. “We, sir, we are the diverse America who are alarmed and anxious that your new administration will not protect us, our planet, our children, our parents, or defend us and uphold our inalienable rights, sir,” Dixon said. “But we truly hope that this show has inspired you to uphold our American values and to work on behalf all of us.”
Trump on Saturday morning fired off two tweets calling on the cast to apologize.
“Our wonderful future V.P. Mike Pence was harassed last night at the theater by the cast of Hamilton, cameras blazing.This should not happen!” he wrote.
He followed up with, “The Theater must always be a safe and special place.The cast of Hamilton was very rude last night to a very good man, Mike Pence. Apologize!”
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