[guest post by Dana]
It is being reported that the President-elect’s team is demanding a hefty pound of flesh from Mitt Romney :
Fox News is reporting that Donald Trump’s transition team wants Mitt Romney to publicly apologize for railing against the president-elect during the campaign.
According to Mediaite, a transition official told Fox’s Ed Henry that some in Trump’s inner circle want the former Massachusetts governor to apologize in order to be seriously considered for the secretary of State.
Trump is reportedly considering whether to pick Romney or former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani for the coveted cabinet position.
Giuliani is the preferred choice of Trump’s loyalists and grassroots supporters, while Romney is a favorite of establishment conservatives.
I would like to say that this is unbelievable — but given what we know about Trump’s character and temperament, it’s perfectly believable that he would be small and petty, and make sure one of his critics does some groveling before being seriously considered for a choice position in his administration.
(Walk away, Mitt, just walk away…)
Meanwhile, Rudy Guiliani continues to aggressively lobby for the job:
In two recent interviews, Mr. Giuliani, 72, said his years of work as an international security consultant make him uniquely suited for the job in the Trump administration, along with the hard lessons he learned as mayor of a city that sustained the deadliest terrorist attack on U.S. soil on Sept. 11, 2001.
“I probably have traveled in the last 13 years as much as Hillary did in the years she was secretary of state,” Mr. Giuliani said, in a reference to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, who lost the presidential race to Mr. Trump. “My knowledge of foreign policy is as good, or better, than anybody they’re talking to,” he said.
One other factor to consider in all of this is that the leak to Fox News about wanting an apology may have been engineered by Bannon, Conway, or some other Romney-skeptic inside the transition team to try to force Romney to withdraw.
Question: If this report is accurate, what on earth would compel Romney to actually trust that Trump would give him the nod for Secretary of State if he makes the apology??
Here’s Fox News’s Chief National Correspondent Ed Henry discussing the matter:
Oh, and then there’s the whole Romney on Russia and Trump on Russia thing to consider…