Will Rom­ney make the cut?

> Trump sees ‘tremen­dous tal­ent’ but gives no new cabi­net picks

The Sun (Malaysia) - - NEWS WITHOUT BORDERS -

BED­MIN­STER: US Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump said yes­ter­day he saw “tremen­dous tal­ent” in a stream of cabi­net hope­fuls – in­clud­ing for­mer critic Mitt Rom­ney – in­vited to his golf club for talks, but did not re­veal any new nom­i­na­tions.

“You’ll hear some things to­mor­row,” the Repub­li­can bil­lion­aire pres­i­dent-in-wait­ing told re­porters af­ter a marathon day of meet­ings at his golf re­treat in New Jer­sey, a 90-minute drive out­side Man­hat­tan.

Trump is build­ing his new ad­min­is­tra­tion af­ter his shock Nov 8 elec­tion win over Hil­lary Clin­ton, with an eye on his in­au­gu­ra­tion on Jan 20.

Rom­ney, the failed Repub­li­can pres­i­den­tial can­di­date in 2012, is re­port­edly in the run­ning to be Trump’s sec­re­tary of state, even though the two men traded harsh barbs through­out the White House cam­paign.

Other high-level can­di­dates who trekked out to Trump’s golf re­sort in­cluded re­tired gen­eral James Mat­tis, a po­ten­tial Pen­tagon chief his team called a “real deal” and “Amer­i­can hero,” and Michelle Rhee, the con­tro­ver­sial for­mer head of schools in the US cap­i­tal.

Trump – with Vice Pres­i­dent-elect Mike Pence at his side – said his meet­ings had gone “re­ally ef­fi­ciently. Tremen­dous tal­ent. We’re see­ing tremen­dous tal­ent”.

This in­cluded talks with Rom­ney, who emerged from the ses­sion say­ing noth­ing about whether he was of­fered the job or was in­ter­ested in it.

“We had a far-reach­ing con­ver­sa­tion with re­gards to the var­i­ous the­aters in the world where there are in­ter­ests of the US of real sig­nif­i­cance,” Rom­ney said.

“We dis­cussed those ar­eas and ex­changed our views on those top­ics.”

Trump’s team de­scribed a “sub­stan­tive and in-depth con­ver­sa­tion about world af­fairs, national se­cu­rity and the fu­ture of Amer­ica”.

“It was an ex­tremely pos­i­tive and pro­duc­tive con­ver­sa­tion,” a state­ment said.

Dur­ing their dis­cus­sions with Rhee, Trump and Pence dis­cussed “the pos­si­bil­ity for in­creas­ing com­pe­ti­tion through char­ter and choice schools. They also brought the idea of merit pay for teach­ers go­ing above and be­yond in their class­rooms into the con­ver­sa­tion,” a state­ment read. – AFP


Trump calls out to the press as Rom­ney leaves af­ter their meet­ing at Trump In­ter­na­tional Golf Club yes­ter­day in Bed­min­ster Town­ship, New Jer­sey.

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