Former Fierce Critic Romney, Under Consideration for Cabinet, Praises Trump

VOA News File: President-elect Donald Trump, center, eats dinner with Mitt Romney, right, and Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus at Jean-Georges restaurant, Nov. 29, 2016.
VOA News File: President-elect Donald Trump, center, eats dinner with Mitt Romney, right, and Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus at Jean-Georges restaurant, Nov. 29, 2016.

Once among his fiercest critics, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney praised U.S. President-elect Donald Trump after the two men had dinner Tuesday night, calling their discussions “enlightening and interesting and engaging.”

Those remarks came nine months after Romney gave a blistering speech supporting Trump’s remaining competitors in the race for the Republican Party nomination. In March Romney said if Trump enacted his economic plans, the country would go into a “prolonged recession, and that on foreign policy Trump is “very, very not smart.”

But on Tuesday, with Romney among those being considered for the position of secretary of state when Trump takes office in January, Romney said he was impressed by the Trump transition effort and his Cabinet choices so far. Romney, who lost the 2012 presidential election to Barack Obama, also highlighted what he called a “message of inclusion and bringing people together.”

“I think you’re going to see America continuing to lead the world in this century, and what I’ve seen through these discussions I’ve had with President-elect Trump as well as what we’ve seen in his speech at the night of his victory, as well as the people he’s selected as part of his transition, all of those things combined give me increasing hope that President-elect Trump is the very man who can lead us to that better future,” Romney told reporters.

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