Former governor of Massachusetts and presidential nominee Mitt Romney issued a brief statement on Saturday, touching on his own political journey, the 2016 election, and President-elect Donald Trump.
The statement in The Salt Lake Tribune comes as a conciliatory gesture to what had been a very public and contentious relationship between the two men over the past year, one which had Romney calling Trump a “phony,” “fraud,” “con man,” and “fake,” and Trump calling Romney a “spoiled brat” and “nasty guy.”
Despite the insults exchanged, in November Romney was one of the first persons with whom the president-elect requested a meeting. That meeting resulted in several subsequent meetings and Romney’s being considered for an appointment as secretary of state.
My political journey was surely not so bizarre as the 2016 campaign. That said, let me offer this personal perspective. I was indeed very critical of Donald Trump during his campaign. But now he has been elected president and accordingly, if I could have helped shape foreign policy to protect the country I love, I would have been more than willing to do so.
I was more than a little surprised that the president-elect reached out to me to potentially serve as secretary of state of the United States. I see it as a welcome sign that he will be open to alternative views and even to critics. As the country’s next president, I earnestly hope that he will be successful in fostering greater prosperity and peace. I believe all Americans can join in that wish.
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