Trump and Romney: A bitter history

Other names on the shortlist for secretary of state are Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Governor Nikki Haley

(CNN) – President-elect Donald Trump is scheduled to meet former republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. The two men were bitter enemies throughout the 2016 campaign, but in a stunning reversal, they will now sit down with each other. They may even discuss the possibility of Romney serving as Trump’s secretary of state.

Mitt Romney, 2012 Republican Presidential Nominee, said “Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud, his promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.”

Every way, every day throughout the election, Mitt Romney showed contempt for Donald Trump, and the candidate returned the favor.

Trump said “the last election should have been won except Romney choked like a dog. He choked. He went, I can’t breathe.”

At the convention to crown the new GOP nominee, the former pick was conspicuously absent, having repeatedly damned Trump’s statements about Mexicans, Muslims, and women.

Romney said “Trickle down racism, trickle down bigotry, and trickle down misogyny, all these things are extraordinarily dangerous to the heart and character of America.”

The candidate always hit back, tweeting “Mitt Romney had his chance to beat a failed president, now he calls me racist.” And Romney always pressed on.

Romney said “this is not a matter of just policy, it’s more a matter of character and integrity.”

However, policy is part of it, especially foreign policy.

“The cold war has been over for twenty years.”

Critics ridiculed Romney in 2012 for his worries about Russia, but now even after Russia’s land grab in Ukraine and accusations of Moscow hacking American computers.

Romney said “Donald Trump says he admires Vladimir Putin at the same time he calls George W. Bush a liar. That is a twisted example of evil trumping good.”

On immigration: the candidate talked of building a wall, Romney talked of opening doors. “Hey guys, my party is pro-legal immigration, massively” and on remaking international trade deals; Romney said Trump’s plans would lose jobs and spur a new recession.

“But you say ‘wait, wait, wait. Isn’t he a huge business success? Doesn’t he know what he is talking about?’ “No, he isn’t and no, he doesn’t!”

Trump has clearly heard Romney’s complaints and had it. “I backed him. You can see how loyal he is. He was begging for my endorsement. I could have said ‘mitt, drop to your knees’ he would have dropped to his knees.”

Apparently, so had Romney.  “These things are personal, I love this country, and seeing this is breaking my heart.”

Other names purportedly on the shortlist for secretary of state are former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and South Carolina governor Nikki Haley.