Former House Speaker Newt Gringrich on Wednesday mocked 2012 GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney, suggesting he would be a bad choice for secretary of state under President-Elect Donald Trump.
Romney, who famously trashed Trump as he was inching toward the Republican nomination, has had a pair of high-profile meetings with the president-elect and dined with him Tuesday at Jean Georges restaurant inside Trump Tower.
“You have never, ever in your career seen a serious adult, who’s wealthy, independent, has been a presidential nominee, suck up at the rate that Mitt Romney is sucking up.”
“You have never, ever in your career seen a serious adult, who’s wealthy, independent, has been a presidential nominee, suck up at the rate that Mitt Romney is sucking up,” he said Wednesday on “The Laura Ingraham Show,” adding, “And I am confident that he thinks now that Donald Trump is one of his closet friends, that they have so many things in common.”
Gingrich, who opposed Romney for the nomination in 2012, said he is certain that the former Massachusetts governor was “happy to share his vision of populism, which involves a little foie gras, a certain amount of, you know, superb cooking, but was done in a populist, happy manner.”
Gingrich said the pick is Trump’s prerogative and added that he would support Romney if the president-elect chooses him. But he suggested that is unlikely.
“The fact that they keep it open, I mean, they know that every day that goes by, the opposition to Romney grows,” he said.
Gingrich said he would like to see Trump try out the phrase “Mitt Romney for secretary of state” at one of the massive rallies he held during the campaign.
“It would be very interesting to watch a Trump crowd respond to that, because it would not be pretty,” he said.
Gingrich said former United Nations Ambassador John Bolton would be a good choice. And he said former CIA Director David Petraeus — despite having a misdemeanor criminal conviction on his record for mishandling of classified information — is smart and able.
But Gingrich indicated former New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani would be the best choice.
“I don’t want to give up on Rudy,” he said. “Rudy Giuliani is one of the great change agents of our lifetime. What he achieved was so unbelievable in New York City.”