The risks Trump faces if he selects Mitt Romney for secretary of state

"Let me go back to Mitt Romney. Is he still under consideration?" NBC's "Today" show host Matt Lauer asked on Wednesday.

"Yes, he is," President-elect Donald Trump said.

"Does he have a chance to become secretary of state?" Lauer asked.

"Yes, he does. ... we've come a long way together," Trump said.

They have, indeed.

Related: Trump's official picks for cabinet and administration positions

Trump's official picks for Cabinet and administration positions
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Trump's official picks for Cabinet and administration positions

Counselor to the President: Kellyanne Conway

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Veterans Affairs Secretary: David Shulkin

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Transportation secretary: Elaine Chao

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Energy secretary: Rick Perry

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Secretary of State: Rex Tillerson

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Secretary of Defense: Retired Marine General James Mattis

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Chief of staff: Reince Priebus

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Chief strategist: Steve Bannon


Attorney General: Senator Jeff Sessions

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Director of the CIA: Kansas Rep. Mike Pompeo

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Deputy national security adviser: K.T. McFarland

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White House counsel: Donald McGahn

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Ambassador to the United Nations: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley

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Education secretary: Betsy DeVos

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Commerce secretary: Wilbur Ross

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Homeland security secretary: General John Kelly

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Housing and urban development secretary: Ben Carson

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Administrator of Environmental Protection Agency: Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt

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Health and human services secretary: Tom Price

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Department of Homeland Security: Retired General John Kelly

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Secretary of agriculture: Sonny Perdue

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More from Newsy: Trump's Secretary Of State Pick: Reward Loyalty Or Appease The GOP?

"Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud," former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney said on March 3, 2016.

But after his dinner with Trump last month, Romney told reporters, "President-elect Trump is the very man who can lead us to that better future."

Trump may have moved on from the campaign, but some of his advisers still aren't sold on the idea of Romney being tapped for secretary of state.

For example, one apparently responded to a reporter's question about Romney with the sleeping emoji.

Others have spoken publicly about their concerns with the potential selection — namely, upsetting Trump's base.

"The number of people who feel betrayed to think that a Gov. Romney would get the most prominent Cabinet post after he went so far out of his way to hurt Donald Trump," Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway told CNN's "State of the Union."

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There are plenty of other choices on the table, including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton, retired Gen. David Petraeus and former governor and Ambassador to China Jon Huntsman.

However, according to U.S. News and World Report, Trump's aides would only confirm Giuliani and Romney were being considered for the secretary of state post.

But Romney could help Trump build a bridge with the establishment.

Of the potential choices, Romney and Huntsman are the least likely to face intense opposition from Democrats.

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