Romney 'would have accepted' secretary of state job under Trump

Cheryl Sanders
June 10, 2017

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney revealed Friday that Hillary Clinton and other former politicians urged him to consider serving as secretary of state in the Trump administration.

'I would have accepted the job had he asked me to do it, ' Romney said. John McCain and Lindsey Graham are among the high-profile officials attending the event that runs through Saturday.

In the months leading up to last fall's election, Romney was a prominent Trump critic but sought to fix the relationship after the reality star and business mogul became president.

Romney was a candidate to lead the Department of State and met with then President-elect Donald Trump about the job during the transition period after last November's election, but the position ultimately went to Rex Tillerson.

Speaking at his annual donor retreat in Park City, Utah, Romney said he was "shocked" when he found out Trump was considering him for the post.

According to The Associated Press, Romney did not directly mention the testimony in Congress a day earlier when fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey attacked Trump's credibility.

Clinton gave up Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania - longtime Democratic strongholds - to Trump in 2016.

Romney has hosted similar gatherings since 2012. It has traditionally been a summit of Romney allies that mixes policy discussions and seminars with mountain outings and activities such as hikes with Romney, and skeet-shooting with Ryan and Graham.

"Overwhelmingly, I think people in this room are excited about both the legislative agenda and the agenda that's coming out of the White House. I think it's one of the reasons that he's wanted to get some of this stuff behind him, so he can focus on the agenda", Zwick said.

Republican donors and business leaders believe they will pass legislation like tax reform through this year and members of Congress will take that home and campaign on it, he said.

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