A top Donald Trump
adviser has warned that the president-elect’s supporters would feel “betrayed” if he tapped former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney
as secretary of state, a
move that would put a once fierce Trump critic in a powerful Cabinet post.
The comments from Kellyanne Conway
deepened a highly unusual push by some Trump allies to stop the president-elect from nominating Romney.
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.
Conway, who served as Trump’s campaign manager and is part of his transition team, said her opposition to Romney reflected what she’s been hearing from Trump voters.
“People feel betrayed to think that Governor 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,” Conway said in one of several television interviews on Sunday.
She said Romney was “nothing but awful” to Trump for a year.