Beyond simply relaying concerns, though, Conway expressed some of her own, including whether Romney, the millionaire co-founder and former chief executive of private equity firm Bain Capital, has the foreign policy credentials to be the top US diplomat.
In addition to the public staffing spat, the campaign was forced Monday to defend Trump's baseless assertions of illegal voting, made in angry response to a recount effort.
U.S. President-elect Donald Trump is "furious" because his former campaign director, Kellyanne Conway, told various media outlets that his consideration of Mitt Romney for the post of secretary of state is a betrayal of his voters. Romney is a prominent figure of the Republican Party and ran as the party's nominee for the 2012 presidential race against US President Barack Obama.
"Rep. Chris Collins (R-N.Y.) said early Monday that Mitt Romney "is a self-serving ego-maniac" with "a chip on his shoulder". Is there any way Mitt could somehow be under serious consideration for the job and being undermined publicly by Team Trump at the boss's behest? He summoned former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to NY for dinner Tuesday night to discuss the post for a second time.
Conway says she will support whomever Trump picks, but continues to argue that the grass-roots supporters who backed his improbable victory feel let down about Romney, considering he called Trump a "con man" and a "phony". Retired Gen. James Mattis, who impressed Trump during a pre-Thanksgiving meeting, was at the top of the list for Defense secretary, but a final decision had not been made.
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Trump was considering former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani to head the Homeland Security Department, according to those close to the transition process.
Still, it's rare for Conway and other close aides who speak frequently with Trump in private to be so explicit about their personal opinions in public. The only way I can square that circle is by speculating that Trump really does want an apology of some sort from Romney as a condition of him taking the job, and is using Conway, Gingrich, etc to apply pressure by lambasting him as disloyal. Giuliani was initially the front-runner for secretary of state and is still in the mix.
Even as he weighed crucial Cabinet decisions, Trump appeared distracted by outside forces - or eager to create distractions himself. However, questions about his overseas business ties - as well as his own public campaigning for the job - are said to have given Trump pause.
Clinton lawyer Marc Elias said the campaign has seen "no actionable evidence" of voting anomalies.
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