Secretary of State is one of the most influential positions in government.
Our nation’s chief diplomat is America’s representative on the world stage and helps chart foreign policy.
And many conservatives are alarmed that Mitt Romney’s name is floating to the top of the shortlist for Secretary of State.
During the primary campaign, Romney became the figure head of the #NeverTrump movement.
The failed 2012 presidential candidate viciously smeared Trump with personal attacks.
Even after Trump won the GOP nomination, Romney led the establishment Republican campaign to sabotage the Trump-Pence ticket so the GOP elites could wrest control of the party back from the grassroots.
But conservatives and Trump supporters are loudly complaining about Romney as Secretary of State in an attempt to guide Trump to a proper decision.
Trump may be reaching out to Romney in an admirable attempt to unite the GOP.
However, Trump won the presidency without the backing of the Republican establishment.
And his backers have taken to the press to remind the President-elect that Romney is disloyal and supports the policies Trump campaigned against.
Politico reports on Mike Huckabee and Newt Gingrich correctly pointing out Romney would only be out for himself as Secretary of State and that someone who smeared the President-elect is unfit for the job:
“Huckabee warned that appointments of disloyal Republicans could prove to be a distraction in a president’s administration, arguing that such a person could be a problem because he or she doesn’t have a sense of commitment to or compatibility with the president-elect.
“It’s not about that I don’t care for Mitt personally, but I’m still very unhappy that Mitt did everything he could to derail Donald Trump,” Huckabee told Fox News. “He didn’t just go after him from a standpoint of saying I disagree with his policy on immigration or I disagree with his policy on taxes. He attacked him on a personal level about his character, integrity, his honor…
…Gingrich characterized Romney as Trump’s “most vicious and most explicit opponent all through the campaign on the Republican side” and suggested his loyalty would be to himself, citing his presidential aspirations.
“You have to list out all the things he said and think, ‘Is this guy really gonna be loyal?’ But also, you know, Gov. Romney wanted to be president, not secretary of state, and you have to ask the question: When he goes overseas, is he gonna be the secretary of state for President Trump or is he gonna be Mitt Romney’s own secretary state?” Gingrich asked. “I will support whoever President-elect Trump picks because he has the right, I think as the new president, to build the team he wants to build, but I would suggest there are a lot of other people who are more qualified than Romney in foreign policy and who are also have not been as actively hostile as he’s been.”
Trump campaign manager Kellyanne Conway also joined the criticism on Romney.
On Thanksgiving, she tweeted that she had been “deluged” with comments both privately and on social media about Romney, and included the link to a Politico article about Trump loyalists strongly opposing his nomination as Secretary of State.
She also tweeted that loyalty was a key quality for Secretary of State, which was widely interpreted as a plea to the President-elect not to select Romney, whose loyalties are to the Republican establishment and not Donald Trump and his voters.
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
Other conservatives note that Romney is a hawk who follows the neocon philosophy of reckless foreign interventions and spouts off hostile rhetoric toward Russia.
Trump won the election, in part, on his stand against the foreign policy of both the Obama and Bush administrations which started the wars in Iraq and Libya that spiraled out of control and created the space for ISIS to grow.
These conservatives note a better pick for President-elect Trump would be California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher – which reports say is being vetted for the position.
Rohrabacher endorsed Senator Rand Paul during the primary and backed Trump after he was the nominee.
He is also firmly planted in the conservative tradition of foreign policy and rejects nation building and foreign interventions that do not serve vital American interests.
Should Donald Trump refuse Mitt Romney as Secretary of State?
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