Trump aide steps up bid to block possible Romney nomination
A top Donald Trump advisor has warned that the president-elect's supporters would feel "betrayed" if he made Mitt Romney secretary of state.
The comments from Kellyanne Conway deepened a highly unusual push by some Trump allies to stop the president-elect from nominating the former Massachusetts Governor.
The extraordinary public nature of the effort has also stirred speculation that it could be a Trump-approved attempt to humiliate a prominent Republican who staunchly opposed him throughout the presidential campaign.
Ms Conway, who served as Mr Trump's campaign manager and is part of his transition team, said her opposition to Mr Romney reflected what she has been hearing from Trump voters.
"People feel betrayed to think that Gov Romney, who went out of his way to question the character and the intellect and the integrity of Donald Trump, now our president-elect, would be given the most significant cabinet post of all," Ms Conway said.
She added that Mr Romney was "nothing but awful" to Mr Trump for a year.
Ms Conway's opposition to Mr Romney is also said to be supported by Steve Bannon, the controversial conservative media executive who will serve as President-elect Trump's White House senior advisor.
People involved in the transition process said Mr Trump's decision on his secretary of state did not appear to be imminent.
Mr Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, vigorously challenged Mr Trump's fitness for the presidency - including his foreign policy credentials.
In a wide-ranging condemnation of Mr Trump in March, Mr Romney said the businessman's bombast was "alarming the allies and fuelling the enmity of our enemies".
Mr Trump responded by mocking Mr Romney, calling him a "choker" and saying he "walks like a penguin".
The freeze between two men appeared to thaw after they spoke by phone following the election. Mr Romney then travelled to Mr Trump's New Jersey golf club for a private meeting to discuss the possibility of joining the administration.
In nominating Mr Romney, President-elect Trump would be signalling his willingness to heal campaign wounds and reach out to traditional Republicans who were deeply sceptical of his experience and temperament.
Mr Romney is well-liked by GOP politicians and was supported by numerous Republican national security experts during his failed White House bid.