Romney, an outspoken Trump critic prior to Trump winning the election, is under “active consideration” for the position, according to Vice President-elect Mike Pence. He had a “far-reaching conversation” with Trump earlier in the month. But that wasn’t enough to persuade Trump, and some close to him, including his spokesperson Kellyanne Conway, have publicly argued against the move.
The two sat down with Republican National Committee chairman Reince Priebus, who is set to become Trump’s White House chief of staff, at Jean-Georges, a three-Michelin-star restaurant located in Trump International Hotel and Tower New York.
The details of their conversation haven’t been disclosed, but for much of the internet, we don’t need to. Romney’s forced smile appears to say it all.
For the first time in his life, Mitt Romney is All Of Us. pic.twitter.com/e8TyFgmtDl— John Green (@johngreen) November 30, 2016
I made the Trump/Romney photo black and white, and it looks like a Twilight Zone episode where a guy just made a foolish deal with the Devil pic.twitter.com/froiDYDJei— Adam Murray (@Atom_Murray) November 30, 2016
I found the uncropped version of that Trump and Romney photo. pic.twitter.com/VdeLh3QnB1— neontaster (@neontaster) November 30, 2016
Mitt Romney is me every time I go on a first date pic.twitter.com/659nSst6rg— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) November 30, 2016
When he doesn't look like his pictures: pic.twitter.com/ZP3JmkuFVB— Tyler Thurston (@reedthurston) November 30, 2016
"What's for dinner, Donald?"— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) November 30, 2016
"Your dignity" pic.twitter.com/TRFIh56cEe
good morning pic.twitter.com/TYa94KGEK7— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) November 30, 2016
Maybe the photographer just caught Romney at a bad time.
After the meal, as Trump was entering his motorcade, Romney stopped to talk with reporters. He praised Trump for doing something he never did: win the general election.
“By the way, it’s not easy winning,” he said. “I know that myself. He did something I tried to do and was unsuccessful in.”
Romney also said he has “increasing hope that President-elect Trump is the very man who can lead us.”