Pence: Romney Under ‘Active Consideration’ for Secretary of State

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U.S. President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence greet former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (L) as he arrives for their meeting at the the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence greet former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney (L) as he arrives for their meeting at the the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Nov. 19. (Reuters/Mike Segar)

Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is under “active consideration” to serve as U.S. Secretary of State along with other candidates, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said to Fox News.

Romney, who met President-elect Donald Trump on Saturday, was a critic of Trump during the campaign. Pence said that Romney was willing to be considered for the position.

Trump was “very grateful that Governor Mitt Romney came in. They had a good meeting. It was a warm and a substantive exchange and I know he is under active consideration to be Secretary of State… along with some other distinguished Americans.”

But Democrats were skeptical that Romney is an actual contender.

Representative Adam Schiff, a California Democrat, said to CNN that he would love Romney to get the position and he would be a “consummate diplomat.” But he said he wasn’t sure that Romney was actually in the mix to become Secretary of State.