Earlier this year, Mitt Romney warned that Donald Trump is “a phony, a fraud” whose foreign policy views are “uninformed and … dangerous.” Later, when Trump won the GOP nomination, Romney said he could not support him.
But that was then. Now Trump is the president-elect — and Romney will meet with him Saturday in Bedminster, N.J., to offer counsel and possibly discuss a potential cabinet role, Trump’s transition team announced Friday.
Romney is not alone in his outreach. In the early days of Trump’s transition to the White House, a stream of former Republican adversaries and skeptics has trickled through the lobby at Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, en route to meet privately with the president-elect.
One former critic, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley, said earlier this year that Trump’s rhetoric was “irresponsible.” This week, however, Haley gushed that Trump’s victory has left her “giddy.” Haley met with Trump on Thursday, stirring speculation that she, too, might serve in his cabinet.