Kellyanne Conway, the well-liked former pollster who became Donald Trump’s campaign manager through the final months of his presidential bid, continued to express her displeasure with former Massachusetts Governor and GOP candidate Mitt Romney.
In two separate conversations with the media, Conway took measured swipes at Romney’s ability to close out the election in 2012, his decisiveness and decision making, and his hostility toward Donald Trump’s candidacy throughout the presidential election season.
On NBC’s “Meet the Press”, Conway spoke with host Chuck Todd about Romney’s fitness to fill the position of Secretary of State.
“People feel betrayed to think that Governor Romney, who went out of his way to question the character and the intellect and the integrity of Donald Trump, who is now our president-elect, would be given the most significant cabinet post of all, secretary of state,” she said.
In explaining the anti-Romney sentiment that Donald Trump surrogates and voters have been expressing through both news and social media, Conway noted that “they feel a bit betrayed that you can get a Romney back in there after everything he did.”
On CNN’s “State of the Union” earlier in the day, Conway spoke to correspondent Dana Bash and questioned Romney’s abilities as a former presidential candidate and his lack of established foreign policy experience.
“You know, Governor Romney ran for the same office four years ago and lost spectacularly,” she noted. “Mitt Romney lost Michigan by 10 points. Donald Trump just won it.”
“Governor Romney in the last four years — I mean, has he been around the globe doing something on behalf of the United States of which we’re unaware? Did he go and intervene in Syria, where they’re having a massive humanitarian crisis? Has he been helpful to Mr. Netanyahu?” Conway asked. “I’m all for party unity, but I’m not sure that we have to pay for that with the secretary of state position,” Conway continued. “We don’t even know if Mitt Romney voted for Donald Trump.”
Speculation has increased that Romney is among a shortlist of frontrunners for President-elect Trump’s Secretary of State cabinet position, fueled in part by a recent meeting between Trump and Romney at Trump’s National Golf Club in Bedsminster, NJ.
Following the meeting, Romney spoke to the press. “We had a far-reaching conversation with regards to the various theaters in the world where there are interests of the United States of real significance,” Romney said. “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 appreciated the chance to speak with the president-elect and look forward to the coming administration.”
The potential of a Romney appointment has irked influential Donald Trump supporters and surrogates such as Newt Gingrich, Mike Huckabee, Sean Hannity, and, ostensibly, former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, who played a critical role in assisting Trump’s campaign throughout the election season, and, according to polls, is the desired choice of the voting base that elected Donald Trump.