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'Phoney' war over as top job is linked to Mitt Romney

By Catherine Lucey

Published 21/11/2016

Donald Trump and Mitt Romney after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club in New Jersey
Donald Trump and Mitt Romney after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club in New Jersey

Mitt Romney is a key contender to become the next US secretary of state, President-elect Donald Trump and his number two Mike Pence have said.

The Republican pair also said that Marine Corps General James Mattis was an "impressive" prospect for defence secretary.

Vice president-elect Mr Pence, who is leading the search for Mr Trump's cabinet members, said: "Governor Romney is under active and serious consideration to serve as secretary of state of the United States."

The remark made clear that Mr Trump and Mr Romney's meeting a day earlier at the US president-elect's golf club in New Jersey was more than a public attempt to bury the hatchet after trading insults during the campaign. The amiable tone was a marked contrast to a rancorous year, in which Mr Romney branded Mr Trump a "con man" and a "phoney".

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