Ever since #Donald Trump defeated Hillary Clinton to become the new president-elect, all eyes have shifted to who would be surrounding him in the White House. As questions continue to be raised in regards to who becomes the next Secretary of State, one of Trump's most loyal campaign members is speaking out.
Despite what the majority of the mainstream media and most pollsters predicted, Donald Trump was able to pull off one of the biggest upsets in modern political history. One reason for Trump's success can be linked back to changes made to the campaign over the summer. In August, Trump replaced Paul Manafort with Republican pollster, #Kellyanne Conway, as campaign manager. Along with Conway, Trump named Breitbart News' Steve Bannon as campaign CEO, who is now the Chief Strategist for the future administration. One spot still up for grabs is Secretary of State, which appears to be down to either 2008 Republican nominee #Mitt Romney, or former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Taking to her Twitter account over the Thanksgiving holiday, Conway expressed her thoughts on Romney, which was also reported by The Hill on November 25.
"Receiving deluge of social media & private comms re: Romney Some Trump loyalists warn against Romney as sec of state," Kellyanne Conway tweeted, in an apparent split from Donald Trump who is considering the former Massachusetts governor for the position. In a follow-up tweet, Conway appeared to take another shot a Romney by praising past Secretary of States for staying in Washington D.C. more often. "Kissinger & Schultz as Secs of State flew around the world less, counseled POTUS close to home more. And were loyal," Conway tweeted, before adding ,"Good checklist."
Receiving deluge of social media & private comms re: Romney Some Trump loyalists warn against Romney as sec of state https://t.co/HDtpjeJTc3— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) November 24, 2016
Reports from Fox News' Ed Henry, and The Hill, on Friday morning note that Mitt Romney has been informed that he could have the job as Secretary of State, but under one condition. Over the course of the campaign, Romney was one of Trump's biggest critics, and would be forced to offer a public apology if he wants to lead the State Department.
Kissinger & Schultz as Secs of State flew around the world less, counseled POTUS close to home more. And were loyal. Good checklist.— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) November 24, 2016
While it's unknown when Donald Trump will announce his pick for Secretary of State, Mitt Romney is still at the top of the short list, despite apparent push back from Kellyanne Conway. The former host of "The Apprentice" has less than 60 days to finalize the rest of his cabinet and administration as he is set to be sworn into office on January 20.