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The look on Mitt Romney’s face during dinner with Trump says it all

‘Two Republicans and a demagogue walk into a room, diametrically opposed, foes.’


Michelle Jaworski

Internet Culture

Published Nov 30, 2016   Updated May 25, 2021, 11:53 am CDT

Donald Trump had dinner last night with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as the president-elect’s search for his next secretary of state intensifies. 

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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. 

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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.

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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.” 

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*First Published: Nov 30, 2016, 11:00 am CST