President-elect Donald Trump and 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney set aside a fierce rivalry on Saturday and held talks likely to feed speculation that Romney could be in line to be the new U.S. secretary of state.
Trump also met for an hour with retired Marine General James Mattis, who is considered a strong contender for defense secretary or another high-ranking job.
Trump and Romney emerged from their meeting after an hour and 20 minutes. Trump told reporters their talks “went great,” and Romney said the pair “had a far-reaching conversation with regards to the various theaters in the world.”
“We discussed those areas, and exchanged our views on those topics – a very thorough and in-depth discussion in the time we had. And I appreciate the chance to speak with the president-elect and I look forward to the coming administration and the things that it’s going to be doing,” Romney said.
Trump, who posed often for the cameras but said little most of the day, spoke highly of Mattis as he stood at the front portico of the golf resort clubhouse in Bedminster, New Jersey, where he held his meetings.