The entire world awaits for Donald Trump to pick his Secretary of State. This position will define whether the Trump administration will follow in the footsteps of the warmonger presidencies of Bush and Obama, or if Trump will truly follow through on campaign promises and disengage the US from costly and endless wars.
Mitt Romney has been a curious front runner for the Secretary of State, given how he actively tried to block Trump’s bid to win the White House.
It goes without question, that many Trump loyalists are perplexed and a bit angry at the fact that Trump is even considering appointing Romney to the most important post in the US government.
Trump’s former campaign manager and current transition aide, Kellyanne Conway is also feeling the Romney heat, tweeting out yesterday that she is “Receiving deluge of social media & private comms re: Romney Some Trump loyalists warn against Romney as sec of state.”
Receiving deluge of social media & private comms re: Romney Some Trump loyalists warn against Romney as sec of state https://t.co/HDtpjeJTc3
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) November 24, 2016
Conway linked to a recent Politico article according to which…
–“some of Donald Trump’s allies are steering him away from tapping one of his fiercest critics to lead his State Department. Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Wednesday morning both cast 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney as a detractor who’s unlikely to be loyal to Trump.”
Huckabee warned that appointments of disloyal Republicans could prove to be a distraction in a president’s administration, arguing that such a person could be a problem because he or she doesn’t have a sense of commitment to or compatibility with the president-elect.“It’s not about that I don’t care for Mitt personally, but I’m still very unhappy that Mitt did everything he could to derail Donald Trump,”
Huckabee told Fox News. “He didn’t just go after him from a standpoint of saying I disagree with his policy on immigration or I disagree with his policy on taxes. He attacked him on a personal level about his character, integrity, his honor.”
As a reminder, earlier this week, the WSJ reported that Trump is “inclined to select Romney” as Secretary of State. This, despite a long history of animosity between the “establishment republican” and the New York billionaire: “Romney delivered a blistering speech in March in Salt Lake City in which he called Trump a “phony” and a “fraud.” He also tried to pick a convention floor fight, boldly calling on voters to cast their primary ballot for whichever Republican had a chance to beat Trump in their state.”
As the WSJ also added on Tuesday, one thing that appears to be delaying Trump’s decision about the secretary of state “is an internal tug of war between supporters of Romney, and those urging the selection of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. A third group is pressing the president-elect to keep searching for candidates.”
While the tension within the Trump transition team on the selection of Romney is known, what is surprising is that Conway, by taking to Twitter with her complaint, makes it appears that there is more than mere internal bickering, and that she is willing to directly address her followers in what may be interpreted as a consensus-building effort against Romney.
Her subsequent tweet appears to confirm that she has reservations against Romney, by saying that “Kissinger & Schultz as Secs of State flew around the world less, counseled POTUS close to home more. And were loyal. Good checklist.”