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Mitt Romney confirms he won’t be Trump’s pick for secretary of state

President-elect Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as Mitt Romney leaves Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016.
President-elect Donald Trump gives the thumbs-up as Mitt Romney leaves Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. AP

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who lost the 2012 election as the Republican nominee, posted a Facebook message Monday night indicating he would not be secretary of state in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.

Trump will formally announce his pick of Exxon Mobile CEO Rex Tillerson for the position Tuesday, according to The Associated Press.

Romney, a vocal critic of Trump’s during the campaign, met twice with the President-elect in recent weeks as Trump weighed his options for secretary of state.

In a speech at the University of Utah, former governor of Massachusetts and former GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney blasted 2016 GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump. "Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a d

In March, as Trump was moving toward the Republican nomination, Romney gave a speech in Utah where he decried Trump as “a phony, a fraud.”

“Let me put it plainly,” Romney said at the time, “if we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished.”

But after recent meetings, Romney had a different message.

“It’s not easy to win. I know that myself. He did something I tried to do and was unsuccessful in accomplishing and he won the general election,” Romney said. “He continues to spread a message of inclusion and bringing people together. And his vision is something that obviously connected with the American people in a very powerful way.”

Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway was critical of Romney as a potential secretary of state, noting his previous opposition to Trump.

“We don’t even know if Mitt Romney voted for Donald Trump. I think there are concerns that those of us that are loyal have, and we want a secretary of state who’s loyal to the president,” Conway said on CNN’s State of the Union last month.

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