Before Donald Trump selected Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson to be his nominee for Secretary of State, the favorite was former Trump foe Mitt Romney. Romney was courted heavily by Trump and had several meetings before ultimately not being selected.
But what happened? Was there a policy disagreement? Was Romney’s notoriously hard Anti-Russia stance too much for Trump? Or was there something else? Maybe the two polar opposite personalities just didn’t mesh.
We now know why Romney didn’t get the job, and it is because of his notorious arrogance and pettiness.
Trump personally saw it in business deal terms: He would get the mea culpa he sought from Romney; Romney would get the job he covets.
But Romney — who titled his own book “No Apology” — declined.
He offered forward-looking praise for Trump — starting with the President-elect’s election-night speech. But he wouldn’t go backward and retract his words from the campaign.
Wow. All he had to do was apologize and say he was sorry but he couldn’t even muster that. Mitt claims to “love” this country and be a patriot.
What is more patriotic than putting your differences aside for the good of the country? Mitt couldn’t swallow his pride and it cost him an important role in the Trump administration.
This isn’t that surprising. Romney is a notoriously prideful man, and publically apologizing to Trump for his comments would no doubt hurt.
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But this isn’t about personal feelings. America is at stake here, Governor Romney. You had the chance to work with President-elect Trump to fix this country and you blew it!
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