Reports: Trump considering Romney for secretary of state
Salt Lake City —
(KUTV) It is said politics makes strange bedfellows and there may not be any more strange fellows to share a bed than President-elect Donald Trump and Gov. Mitt Romney.
Reports from ABC and NBC news suggest Trump will meet with Romney to discuss a cabinet position inside the new Trump administration. It is a political partnership that most people thought to be unfathomable, after the two Republicans battled each other during one of the most contentious presidential campaigns in history.
Romney held a now famous, or infamous, press conference, depending on how you looked at it, at the University of Utah, where he said Trump is, “a phony, a fraud.” Romney also said Trump doesn’t have what it takes to be president.
“He's not of the temperament of the kind of stable, thoughtful person we need as leader. His imagination must not be married to real power.”
In turn Trump went after the former presidential candidate who lost to President Barack Obama in 2012, calling Romney a “loser” and tried to humiliated the governor by claiming that Romney begged for Trump’s endorsement during the governor’s campaign.
“I could have said, Mitt, drop to your knees. He would have dropped to his knees,” Trump said during the campaign.
Trump, during a rally in Salt Lake City in March, trashed Romney and even questioned his LDS faith.
“I have many friends who live in Salt Lake. I have a lot of friends. No I have a lot of friends. By the way Mitt Romney is not one of them. Did he choke? Did this guy choke? He's a choke artist. I can't believe. Are you sure he's a Mormon? Are we sure?” Trump said to applause at the Infinity Event Center.
Bryan Schott, managing editor of UtahPolicy.com, said this election year is unlike any other.
“Up is down in politics right now, left is right, noting makes sense.”
Schott does suggest that there is precedent in history for the two former rivals to join together in a Trump administration. Schott cites the Doris Kearns-Goodwin Novel, "Team of Rivals," about the administration of Abraham Lincoln.
“One of the great things Lincoln did is he found people of differing opinions to advise him. Again, I don't know if Trump will listen to (Romney’s) advice,” said Schott.
Don Peay was Trump’s campaign organizer in Utah. He says politics is rough and tumble, but he says, these two strong men can work together.
“You know, warriors respect warriors and in the heat of battle things get said, but at the end of the day strong willed people like strong willed people,” said Peay.
Trump is expected to be at Trump Tower in New York this weekend. NBC News reports he may be in the running for secretary of state.