Donald Trump Chooses Mitt Romney As Next Secretary of State? Who Are Included In The Shortlist?

By Roy Narra - 18 Nov '16 16:54PM

After having disputes before, former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney will meet president-elect Donald Trump this weekend to discuss the available position for Secretary of State.

Last March, the former Massachusetts governor called the business mogul and "The Apprentice" host turned president-elect a "phony" and "fraud" when he discussed Trump during his campaign for Republican president nomination.

In response, Trump did not let Romney past his verbal abuse, calling him a loser and recalled that Romney begged and "would've dropped to his knees" for his endorsement. To add more insult, he said he "choked like a dog" during his 2012 presidential campaign against President Barack Obama.

Before Trump was chosen to represent the Republicans in the elections, Romney was seen as a candidate for the position, running again after losing to Obama and his campaign to have two terms. However, he declined, saying the he will let other leaders to have the opportunity to run.

During the primaries, Romney endorsed and campaigned Ohio Governor John Kasich in the Buckeye State.  But in a surprising move, in the last week after the elections, Romney called Trump to congratulate him on his surprise upset against Democrat Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Romney is part of the shortlist for the secretary of state. Other names allegedly considered to hold the position are former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley. Senate Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker is also a possibility.

In an interview with CNBC, Corker said he's "in the mix" for the job in the government.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich said in an NBC News interview Thursday that he will not be under Trump's cabinet. He said he will be focusing on "strategic planning for the emerging Republican majority."

Updates on this meeting would soon follow.

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