Trump meets former rival Romney, a possible contender as top diplomat

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President-elect Donald Trump and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney set aside their long-simmering rivalry on Saturday and had talks likely to feed speculation that Romney could be a candidate to be Trump's secretary of state.

Trump and Romney emerged from their meeting after an hour and 20 minutes. Trump told reporters their talks "went great" and Romney said he and Trump "had a far-reaching conversation with regards to the various theaters in the world."

"We discussed those areas, and exchanged our views on those topics – a very thorough and in-depth discussion in the time we had. And I appreciate the chance to speak with the president-elect and I look forward to the coming administration and the things that it's going to be doing," Romney said.

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Mitt Romney arrives at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney arrives to meet with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney arrives to meet with U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence (R) greet former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (L) as he arrives for their meeting at the the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, NJ - NOVEMBER 19: President-elect Donald Trump (C) and vice president-elect Mike Pence (R) welcome Mitt Romney (L) to the clubhouse at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
US President-elect Donald Trump welcomes Mitt Romney as he arrives for a day of meetings at the clubhouse of Trump National Golf Club November 19, 2016 in Bedminster, New Jersey. / AFP / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
President-elect Donald Trump greets Mitt Romney as he arrives at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
US President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence welcome Mitt Romney as he arrives for a day of meetings at the clubhouse of Trump National Golf Club November 19, 2016 in Bedminster, New Jersey. / AFP / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
President-elect Donald Trump, center, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, right, and Mitt Romney, left, enter the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President-elect Donald Trump, center, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, right, and Mitt Romney, left, enter the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, NJ - NOVEMBER 19: President-elect Donald Trump (L) and vice president-elect Mike Pence (R) welcome Mitt Romney (C) to the clubhouse at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
US President-elect Donald Trump (L) and Vice President-elect Mike Pence (R) welcome Mitt Romney as he arrives for a day of meetings at the clubhouse of Trump National Golf Club November 19, 2016 in Bedminster, New Jersey. / AFP / Don EMMERT (Photo credit should read DON EMMERT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Romney was first in a long list of people Trump was meeting on Saturday and Sunday as he seeks to fill out his Cabinet and gather advice ahead of his Jan. 20 move to the White House.

The president-elect also met with retired Marine General James Mattis, considered a contender for defense secretary, as well as Michelle Rhee, former Washington, D.C. public schools chancellor and a possible education secretary. He also met with Betsy DeVos, a former head of the Michigan Republican Party who is also candidate for education secretary.

Romney, a leader of the establishment Republican "never Trump" movement, had opposed Trump's march to the Republican presidential nomination. In a speech in March, he said Trump would be dangerous as president, with policies that could touch off a recession.

He had also said, "I'm afraid that when it comes to foreign policy he is very, very not smart."

Trump had denounced Romney as a "choke artist" for losing the 2012 election to President Barack Obama.

But with Trump now president-in-waiting, Romney's appearance at Trump National Bedminster on an unseasonably warm November day was symbolic of hard-won party unity.

"Mr. President-elect, how are you sir?" Romney said on arrival.

Whether Romney will join the Trump administration is unclear. Romney, a more mainstream Republican, would serve alongside more hawkish appointees named on Friday including his pick for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, national security adviser, Michael Flynn and CIA director, Mike Pompeo.

Trump has been considering former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, a close adviser, for secretary of state, as well as former U.S. ambassador to the United States John Bolton and U.S. Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee.

Transition officials said Trump's meeting with Romney was supposed to be a general discussion about the incoming administration.

A Romney confidant said of Romney's secretary of state prospects: "Could it happen? I suppose. But it's unlikely."

Instead, the source said the meeting gives "the good housekeeping seal of approval to Republicans who don't know if they should help Trump or not."

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I share my friend @MittRomney's concerns - hope American ppl think hard about who they want as Commander-in-Chief: https://t.co/yP6NqRDM17
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Never been more proud of @MittRomney. What a speech. Morally compelling. Tactically wise. Strongly worded.
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Well said, @MittRomney. -John https://t.co/pTwmBTaeAo
In essence, is Mitt calling Trump supporters…what’s the word….stupid?
Sending Mitt Romney out to attack Trump will only further galvanize his supporters. It also makes sets them up for a divisive spring battle.
@MittRomney political indictment of @realDonaldTrump was the clarion call the #GOPEstablishment needed but one the GOP base does not want.
A brilliant speech by @MittRomney. No one can ever question his love for our party and our country. #TrueLeadership #MittRomney
.@MittRomney not holding back; unloading the full load on @realDonaldTrump. I bet the Donald is reflecting on his critique right now!
The lack of loyalty is truly astonishing. #Romney https://t.co/wIrpD3DzMH
@MittRomney speaks the truth. Our country deserves better than a crass bully who admires thugs like Putin. #NeverTrump #TeamMarco
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