Donald Trump to Meet Again with Mitt Romney, Another Cabinet Pick Coming

Mitt Romney (L) leaves after meeting with United States President-elect Donald Trump (R) and Vice President-elect Mike Pence (unseen) at the clubhouse of Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey.
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President-elect Donald Trump is meeting with 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney again on Tuesday, as media reports suggest there is conflict within Trump’s inner circle about hiring the man who was one of his harshest critics during the election campaign.

Trump’s meeting with Romney will be his last meeting of the day on Tuesday.

Trump’s staff has been divided over whether Romney should be considered for the administration’s secretary of state position.

Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s former campaign manager and current senior adviser, said Trump’s supporters would feel “betrayed” if Romney was tapped for that top post. Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, both loyal supporters of Trump, have also expressed concerns over Romney.

On Tuesday, Trump has seven other meetings in addition to meeting with Romney.

The other meetings are with:

  1. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN)
  2. CEO of Concerned Veterans for America Pete Hagseth
  3. President and CEO of Rolls-Royce America Marion Blakey
  4. Chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN)
  5. Chairman of the Homeland Security Committee Rep. Michael McCaul (R-TX)
  6. Rep. Lou Barletta (R-PA)
  7. President and COO of Goldman Sachs Gary Cohn

The President-elect and Vice President-elect have held a total of 68 meetings with people to discuss the administration and share ideas. They have also spoken with more than 41 world leaders.

Trump announced early on Tuesday morning that he tapped Rep. Tom Price (R-GA) to head the Department of Health and Human Service and Seema Verma for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services administrator.

Trump’s spokesman Jason Miller told reporters there will be another announcement later on Tuesday.

“We’ll have another cabinet level appointment coming later this afternoon,” Miller stated on Tuesday morning.


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