Trump reportedly considering Mitt Romney for secretary of state

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President-elect Donald Trump is considering Mitt Romney for the position of secretary of state, according to sources who spoke to NBC News.

CNN reported earlier that Romney has a meeting with Trump this weekend to talk about "governing moving forward" and a possible Cabinet position.

Romney is one of several people whom Trump is considering as secretary of state, along with former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former US Ambassador to the UN John Bolton, and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, ran for president in 2012, but lost to President Barack Obama. Ever since, Romney and Trump have sparred publicly.

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Romney was one of Trump's most vehement critics during the Republican primary, speaking out against him frequently and refusing to give him an endorsement despite the fact that Trump endorsed Romney in 2012. Romney declined to say who he voted for in the general election.

After the election, Romney tweeted wishing Trump the best.

"Best wishes for our duly elected president: May his victory speech be his guide and preserving the Republic his aim," he wrote.

On Sunday, Trump said Romney called to congratulate him on his victory. Trump said the gesture was "very nice!"

During the primary, however, Romney and Trump sparred often and didn't have much nice to say about each other.

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Ironic @MittRomney admitting that he's not the businessman @realDonaldTrump is #MakeAmericaGreatAgain #Establishment
I share my friend @MittRomney's concerns - hope American ppl think hard about who they want as Commander-in-Chief:
There is a heckler now in the back of the room - he is being shouted down by the crowd. @MittRomney
.@MittRomney, You will not stop the #TrumpTrain‼️You look like a complete LOSER. Very DESPERATE attempt. #Fail
Harry Reid listening to Mitt Romney go after Trump's tax returns like
Never been more proud of @MittRomney. What a speech. Morally compelling. Tactically wise. Strongly worded.
Mr @MittRomney if only YOU went after Barack Obama w/the same vigor in 2012. And to think, I campaigned for YOU. #StepAside #UlostTwice
Donald Trump, Don't Take the Bait The "machine's" deception and nonsensical attack on Trump isn't really an...
Well said, @MittRomney. -John
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
@MittRomney speaks the truth. Our country deserves better than a crass bully who admires thugs like Putin. #NeverTrump #TeamMarco

Last year, Romney called Trump's campaign rhetoric "problematic," and he continued his criticism of the Republican nominee through the primaries and general election.

In March, Romney delivered a speech calling Trump a "phony," "fraud," "con man," and "fake." He also said in May that it's "disqualifying for a modern-day presidential nominee to refuse to release tax returns to the voters." Trump has yet to release his tax returns, saying he will do so after a "routine audit" is complete.

Trump, in turn, torched Romney, calling him a "spoiled brat" and "nasty guy."

Romney's spokesperson did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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