Conway: 'Deluge of Comments' About Potential Pick of Romney
If Donald Trump's most passionate supporters have anything to say about it, Mitt Romney will not be chosen as secretary of State.
That's the conclusion reached by Trump's top campaign aide Kellyanne Conway, who tweeted that there had been a "deluge" of comments about the potential pick of Romney.
Conway told CNN that her tweets reflect the private discussions she’s had with Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.
“I am struck by the intensity and volume of resistance [to Romney] from the grassroots; words like 'betrayal,'” Conway said. “I communicate with PEOTUS and VPEOTUS privately and regularly so this is not an attempt to do so publicly as some (who missed the election completely) are suggesting.”
She said she respects “completely” that these “weighty decisions” rest with Trump, "a man whose political instincts and unconventional campaign defied the critics and made history."
Some Trump supporters and allies have tried to steer the President-elect from nominating Romney as the U.S.'s chief diplomat.
Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, was highly critical of Trump during the campaign and called him a "phony," and a "fraud" and dedicated an entire speech in March to denouncing his candidacy.
"He attacked [Trump] on a personal level about his character, his integrity, his honor," Trump supporter Mike Huckabee said on "Fox & Friends" Wednesday.
The former Arkansas governor added that it would be a "real insult" to Trump voters if Romney was nominated to be secretary of State.
Other Trump supporters, like former Speaker Newt Gingrich, have said they favor former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for the job.
“I think that, if you want someone who is going to go out and be a very tough negotiator for America and represent American interest in the way that Trump campaigned, I think that probably Rudy is the better pick and has the right temperament."
If Conway thinks that loyalty is very important in the secretary of State, Mitt Romney is not the man for the job. Romney and Trump disagree profoundly on a number of critical issues involving trade, immigration, Russia, and our alliances overseas.