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Mitt Romney says President-elect Trump will be open-minded

LAS VEGAS, NV - FEBRUARY 02: Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) and Donald Trump shake hands during a news conference held by Trump to endorse Romney for president at the Trump International Hotel & Tower Las Vegas February 2, 2012 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Romney came in first in the Florida primary on January 31 and is looking ahead to Nevada's caucus on February 4. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON — During the presidential campaign, President-elect Donald Trump regularly attacked Mitt Romney for criticizing him. But the former Massachusetts governor now believes Mr. Trump will be open to criticism.

“I was more than a little surprised that the president-elect reached out to me to potentially serve as secretary of state of the United States,” Romey wrote Saturday in the Salt Lake Tribune. “I see it as a welcome sign that he will be open to alternative views and even to critics.”

Romney was a finalist to be the next secretary of state before Mr. Trump selected ExxonMobil Chairman Rex Tillerson for the top diplomatic spot.

Despite calling Mr. Trump a “phony” and a “fraud,” Romney said he would have gladly worked for President-elect Trump to help shape US foreign policy.

“I was indeed very critical of Mr. Donald Trump during his campaign,” he wrote. “But now he has been elected president and accordingly, if I could have helped shape foreign policy to protect the country I love, I would have been more than willing to do so.”

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee said he wishes Mr. Trump the best in his administration.

“As the country’s next president, I earnestly hope that he will be successful in fostering greater prosperity and peace. I believe all Americans can join in that wish,” Romney wrote.

In confirming earlier this week that he would not be secretary of state, Romney said it was an “honor” to have been considered.

“It was an honor to have been considered for secretary of state of our great country. 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 said.

4 comments

  • Stephanie

    Donald Trump is an embarrassment. I have never seen a child, much less the soon to be President of the United Stated, lie so openly about everything while others sit back and accept it as okay. It has become the new norm. That’s just the beginning of so much that is wrong with him. The constant tweets isn’t just childish; it’s dangerous. He has no self control and seems to find it more important to defend his shattered ego than it is to keep his mouth shut to protect all of us. He protects Russia and Putin as if it was his best friend. The scariest part of Trump is his supporters. Without them he has no power but they hand it to him with pride. They accept, defend, and justify literally everything he says and does even when they know he’s wrong. I understand wanting things to be different but to put that hope into a man as pathological as he is in every way takes idiocy to a whole new level.

  • Michael holmes

    How about hilary? Does she speak the truth? No. Everybody lies and it’s human nature. And you sound just the opposite, probably supporting everything hilary Clinton does or say to you. How can we put hilary into office if she can’t even handle classified information. I had a top secret clearance, and if i mishandled it I would be in some deep S@$%.

    • Drew Spinoso

      I’m still trying to figure out what Hillary lied so much about. It was documented during the race she lied the fewest out of all the politicians, but then again facts don’t necessarily mean much to Republicans. The world is still flat and Jesus really came back from the dead to a Republican.

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