Arch-rivals Donald Trump and Mitt Romney meet, discuss world affairs
Amid reports that he’s tipped to be the next Secy of State, Romney offers no details on the hour-long meeting at the President-elect’s pvt golf course
President-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney shake hands at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster, New Jersey. Pic/AP/PTI
New York: Mitt Romney, a moderate Republican, who branded Donald Trump a “conman, phony and fraud” during the campaign, yesterday met him and had a “far-reaching conversation” on world affairs, amid reports that he is being tipped to be the next US Secretary of State.
The 2012 Republican presidential nominee and one of Trump’s most vocal Republican Party critics during the campaign, met privately with Trump for an hour at his private golf course in New Jersey. Romney offered no hint as to whether he was offered or would accept a role in Trump’s administration.
“We had a far-reaching conversation with regards to the theatres in the world where there are interests of the US of real significance,” Romney (69) said. “We discussed those areas, and exchanged our views on those topics…”
“I appreciate the chance to speak with the President-elect and look forward to the coming administration and the things it’s going to be doing,” said Romney, who had asked his supporters not to vote for Trump.
He had also withheld an endorsement of the 70-year-old billionaire, and accused him of “playing the American public for suckers”.
Trump walked Romney out at the end of the meeting and said “it went great”. He did not take any questions.
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