Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney offered effusive praise for President-elect Donald Trump’s “impressive” transition effort and “message of inclusion” following their dinner together Tuesday night — a striking change of heart by a man who once called Donald Trump “a phony, a fraud.”
The dinner was Romney’s second meeting with Trump as part of the president-elect’s interview process for deciding who to nominate as Secretary of State. Romney remains a top contender, along with longtime Trump adviser Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Bob Corker and several others. Trump also met with Corker on Tuesday at Trump Tower.
Speaking to reporters gathered at the Trump International Hotel and Tower in Manhattan, Romney gushed about the “wonderful” evening he had with the president-elect, where they were joined by incoming Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus as they dined on steak, frog legs and scallops.
Romney described the dinner’s conversation as “enlightening and interesting and engaging,” before going on to praise the president-elect for besting him in the race for the White House.