The media immediately began to use the rumors that have been circulating Trump may choose Mitt Romney for Secretary of State as a way to tarnish Trump’s reputation. The media latched onto the opportunity to bash Trump and try to put a wedge between Trump and his supporters. It is never ending. If Romney is the most qualified do you trust Trump or will you feel betrayed? PLEASE TAKE NATIONAL POLLS AND PETITIONS. YOUR OPINION MATTERS Results Are Sent To Congress - Let Congress Hear Your Voice
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The following is from CNN’s State of the Union:
DANA BASH, CNN: Kellyanne, thanks for joining me.
I just want to start with what you just heard from Newt Gingrich and Mike Huckabee, both going public against Mitt Romney for secretary of state. You seemed to join in as well. You tweeted: “Receiving deluge of social media and private coms re: Romney. Some Trump loyalists warn against Romney as secretary of state.”
Do you think Mitt Romney could be a loyal secretary of state for Donald Trump?
KELLYANNE CONWAY, TRUMP SENIOR ADVISER: I would hope so, because that’s the first job of any secretary of state, Dana, is to support and work directly for and advise the president for whom you work.
I felt compelled to mention it because I — it’s just breathtaking in scope and intensity the type of messages I have received from all over the country. And I’m just me. I’m not Donald Trump.
And so, just as his former campaign manager, the number of people who feel betrayed to think that a Governor Romney would get the most prominent Cabinet post after he went so far out of his way to hurt Donald Trump — there was the never-Trump movement and then there was Mitt Romney.
He gave speeches against Donald Trump. He attacked his character. I never heard Governor Romney come out and say, hey, you know, I have a problem with X, Y and Z, but that 25 million job creation plan over the next 10 years is really something to look at. The fact that you will reduce the capital gains tax and the tax on employers and businesses, or you will unleash energy investment, or you have 10-point plan to reform the Veterans Administration, none of that was ever said.
And his — the Romney consultants transparent were the worst to all of us, including Mr. Trump. Their Twitter feeds were complete 100 percent anti-Trump screed.
And, look, if president-elect Trump chooses Mitt Romney as his secretary of state or whomever he chooses, that will have the full support and backing of all of us. I respect the brilliance and judgment and sheer instincts of president-elect Trump to form his Cabinet as he wishes.
But I felt compelled to come forward on behalf of the people who were weighing in.
We know that you have been supportive of president-elect Trump and his decisions. But it really sounds like you personally — it’s not just that you have been receiving criticism and concerns about Mitt Romney, that you personally have concerns about a potential secretary of state Mitt Romney for Donald Trump.
CONWAY: Well, it’s what I’m — I’m not sure that my personal concerns matter.
BASH: But am I wrong to say that?
CONWAY: That decision rests with one man.
No, you’re not wrong to say that, because Governor Romney went out of his way. I also just think that it’s Donald Trump who has shown that he has political instincts. Governor Romney ran for the same office four years ago and lost spectacularly.
It’s Donald Trump who just won 306 electoral votes, won states like Michigan. Mitt Romney lost Michigan by 10 points. Donald Trump just won it. Donald Trump won Wisconsin for the first time since 1984, won Pennsylvania, won Florida, won Iowa, won Ohio, all these states that were elusive to the last couple of nominees.
And the other thing is, Dana, I think there are other — well, I know there are other candidates being considered, apart from the ones that are just being covered more commonly in the media.
But apart from that, 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?
With — did he go and intervene in Syria, where they’re having a massive humanitarian crisis, meaning, when I say intervene, like offer to help?
Has he been helpful to Mr. Netanyahu?
In other words, what — I’m all for party unity, but I’m not sure that we have to pay for that with the secretary of State position.
But again, let me repeat, what Donald Trump decides, Kellyanne Conway and everybody else will respect. It’s just the — the backlash from the grassroots — I’m hearing from people who say hey, my in — my — my parents died penniless, but I gave $216 to Donald Trump’s campaign and I would feel betrayed.
You have people saying I thought we got rid of this type, his — I’m just saying that there were — we don’t even know if Mitt Romney voted for Donald Trump. He — he put Ed McMullin up in Utah.
And so I think there are concerns that those of us who are loyal have and you want somebody — you want a secretary of State who’s loyal to the president…
CONWAY: — and loyal to the president’s vision of the world.
BASH: It’s pretty clear how you feel about that.
H/T: CNN State of Union