- The Washington Times - Monday, November 28, 2016

Rep. Chris Collins, the first sitting congressman to endorse President-elect Donald Trump’s candidacy, on Monday ripped 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney as a “self-serving egomaniac,” a “loser,” and a “lone wolf” who might not be able to follow instructions.

“What do I know about Mitt Romney? I know that he is a self-serving egomaniac who puts himself first, who has a chip on his shoulder, that thinks he should be president of the United States,” Mr. Collins said on CNN’s “New Day.”

“I mean, there’s no love lost between me and Mitt Romney. I’ve called him a loser for the last six months,” said Mr. Collins, New York Republican.

Mr. Romney is reportedly under consideration to be the next secretary of state, and Mr. Collins said he’d leave it up to Mr. Trump to pick the people in his Cabinet he thinks he can serve his administration.

“My concern is that Mitt Romney’s a bit of a lone wolf and might not take the advice or the direction of President-elect Trump,” he said.

Mr. Collins’ remarks follow comments from Kellyanne Conway, Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager, that many could see such a prominent appointment for Mr. Romney as a betrayal.

During the 2016 campaign, Mr. Romney called Mr. Trump a phony and a fraud, but recently met with him after the president-elect’s victory earlier this month.

Mr. Trump endorsed Mr. Romney in 2012, but later dismissed him as a loser who choked away a winnable election.

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