Mitt Romney confirmed Monday night he’s not Donald Trump’s pick for secretary of state.
“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,” he said in a Facebook post.
Trump placed a call to Romney to tell him he would not be the pick, according to two sources familiar with the transition.
The call put to an end the long-running — and very public — courtship between two men who were at some points diametrically opposed, and at others harshly critical, of one another during the 2016 campaign.
Bloomberg News first reported Trump’s call to Romney.
But Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee, found himself in the running to be Trump’s top diplomat despite those clashes, bolstered by multiple lengthy one-on-one meetings with the President-elect who publicly extolled the interactions.
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