- The Washington Times - Sunday, November 27, 2016

Trump transition adviser Kellyanne Conway on Sunday offered a clear warning against picking Mitt Romney as secretary of state while stressing that she and the entire Trump team will support the president-elect’s ultimate choice.

Ms. Conway, who managed Donald Trump’s campaign, said she fears a “backlash from the grassroots” if Mr. Trump were to pick the former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP White House nominee, who denounced the New York real estate mogul during the campaign. She said many voters across the country assumed that establishment Republicans such as Mr. Romney would be banished from power under a Trump administration.

Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Ms. Conway said she’s received complaints from conservative activists and voters who deeply oppose Mr. Romney for the State Department.

“The number of people who would feel betrayed to think a Governor Romney would get the most prominent cabinet post after he went so far out of his way to hurt Donald Trump … There was the Never Trump movement and then there was Mitt Romney,” she said. “I’m all for party unity, but I’m not sure we have to pay for that with the secretary of state position.”

Mr. Trump reportedly is deciding between Mr. Romney, former New York City mayor and Trump loyalist Rudy Giuliani, and a handful of others to serve as the nation’s top diplomat. Mr. Trump and Mr. Romney reportedly spoke over the phone over the Thanksgiving holiday.

During the Republican primary, Mr. Romney was a vocal opponent of Mr. Trump, referring to him as a “phony” and saying in no uncertain terms that he is not qualified to be president.

Now, Mr. Romney seems open to serving as Mr. Trump’s secretary of state.

Aside from his political opposition to Mr. Trump, Ms. Conway also raised questions about whether Mr. Romney is actually equipped for the job.

“Has he been around the globe doing something on behalf of the United States that we’re unaware?” she said.

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