Donald Trump’s campaign manager Kellyanne Conway publicly suggested that Mitt Romney should not be the president-elect’s secretary of state. She made it clear that she opposed choosing Mr. Romney as secretary of state but ultimately would support any decision Trump achieved in the selection process.
“I’m all for party unity, but I’m not sure we have to pay for that with the secretary of state position,” and she was “compelled” to publicly disclose her personal thoughts, in part, because of the “breathtaking” intensity of emails and messages the transition teams had received from Trump backers. “Point is the volume & intensity of grassroots resistance to Romney is breathtaking,” she wrote.
Asked about her comments on Twitter last week that she had received a “deluge” of concern about Mr. Romney, Ms. Conway said she had discussed the issue privately with Mr. Trump and would respect his decision. “But she made clear that she personally opposed choosing Mr. Romney as secretary of state,” the New York Times reported.
In addition to Mitt Romney and former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, former CIA Director David Perpetrates, retired Marine Corps General John Kelly, and Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee are also reportedly under consideration.
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We have previously suggested that Petraeus is the right person for the job. We also think that Conway has substantial sway on the transition team and that Romney will not be selected.