- The Washington Times - Saturday, November 19, 2016

The meeting between former foes President-elect Donald Trump and 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney opened with glad-handing and ended with words of optimism.

Mr. Romney emerged from the one-hour meeting at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, saying they had “a very thorough and in-depth discussion.”

“We had a far reaching conversation with regards to the various theaters in the world where there are interests of the United States of real significance. We discussed those areas, and exchanged our views on those topics,” Mr. Romney told reporters.

His description of a discussion focused on foreign affairs reinforced speculation that Mr. Romney is under consideration for secretary of state in the Trump administration.

Mr. Romney said he appreciated the chance to speak with the president-elect.

“I look forward to the coming administration and the things that it’s going to be doing,” he said.

Mr. Romney, a successful businessman and former Massachusetts governor, came to embody the establishment resistance to Mr. Trump’s candidacy during this year’s GOP primary. He gave a blistering speech in March, denouncing Mr. Trump as a “fraud” and a “phony” whose reckless behavior and uninformed foreign policy views would threaten the safety of America and the world.

Mr. Trump dismissed Mr. Romney as a “choke artist” and “loser” for failing to beat President Obama in 2012.

When Mr. Romney arrived as the golf club in a white SUV, he was greeted on the front steps of the clubhouse by Mr. Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

“How are you, sir,” Mr. Romney said, as he and Mr. Trump gripped each other’s arms.

Mr. Romney then shook hands with Mr. Pence and patted him on the back as the threesome walked into the clubhouse together.

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