The strange and humiliating dance between Mitt Romney and Donald Trump is finally over. Late Monday night, the rumors were confirmed, Romney, the former governor of Massachusetts, will not be Trump’s secretary of state. In a sad post shared on his Facebook page, the Republican Party’s nominee for president of the United States in the 2012 election said he was not picked for the job. The businessman went on to praise Trump and wished him great success as the next commander-in-chief.
Romney wrote: “It was an honor to have been considered for Secretary of State of our great country. My discussions with President-elect Trump have been both enjoyable and enlightening. I have very high hopes that the new administration will lead the nation to greater strength, prosperity and peace.”
Instead, the New York billionaire named ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson to the post. Many are wondering, how will an oil tycoon with direct ties to Russia handle the crisis in the Middle East, human rights issues, or civil wars? Romney had many awkward meetings with Trump where he was supposedly interviewed for the post.
So, why did Trump pick Tillerson over the Republican politician? According to Roger Stone, Trump never had plans to select Romney; his intention all along was to embarrass him in a very public way. Sure Romney was cozying to Trump in the past weeks and calling him a unifier and a strong leader, but during the primary season, he was the head of the Never Trump movement.
In several press conferences, Romney called Trump unqualified and a con artist. He stated that he could not in good conscience look at his grandchildren and not find a way to stop Trump from becoming president.
Romney and several others worked hard to find another Republican – Utah’s Evan McMullin – who ran against Trump. In an interview with Alex Jones, Stone, who is a close friend of Mr. Trump and a rumored adviser, said the billionaire came up with a Machiavellian plan to shame Romney by making him believe that he was getting the job.
Stone said: “Donald Trump was interviewing Mitt Romney for Secretary of State in order to torture him. To toy with him. And given the history, that’s completely understandable. Mitt Romney crossed a line. He didn’t just oppose Trump, which is his democratic right, he called him a phony and a fraud. And a con man. And that’s not the kind of man you want as Secretary of State.”
Stone went on to slam Romney for being a choker and revealed that he is indeed via interviews and social media trying to influence Trump’s cabinet picks.