UPDATE: 3:13 p.m. EST — NBC News confirmed an earlier CNN report Thursday that President-elect Donald Trump was scheduled to meet with former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney this weekend. It built on the original story by adding that the two would talk about the role of secretary of state, a job that remains unfilled in the Trump administration.
The earlier CNN report stated Trump and Romney would talk "governing" and an the potential for an unspecified role in the cabinet.
President-elect Donald Trump is reportedly going to meet with former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, CNN reported Thursday. Romney came out staunchly against Trump during the election cycle, but now the former Massachusetts governor could reportedly land a cabinet position in the new administration.
The news was reported on Twitter by CNN's Deirdre Walsh, who said she was passing along information from Mark Preston, the executive editor of CNN Politics. Trump reportedly plans to meet with Romney over the weekend and talk "governing" as well as a potential cabinet post. Trump is the first person elected to the presidency with no experience in government or the military.
The rumored candidates for Trump's cabinet have largely been limited to loyalists who campaigned on behalf of Trump, such as retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions. Trump also named former Breitbart News Chairman Steve Bannon as his chief strategist. Breitbart has courted the so-called alt-right, which is filled with American Nazis and the KKK, groups that openly cheered Bannon's appointment.
The candidates for the cabinet have expanded somewhat, with the president-elect reportedly considering South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for a position, despite the fact that she criticized Trump early in the campaign before switching her stance. Romney would also represent a significant departure after he made a speech railing against Trump during the campaign.
"His is not the temperament of a stable, thoughtful leader," Romney said in his March remarks. Trump, in turn, slammed him as a choker who lost in 2012. Trump endorsed Romney against President Barack Obama in that election.
After the initial tweet, CNN reported the information was obtained through a source that declined to specify which cabinet positions Romney may be up for.
Despite being a part of the anti-Trump movement, Romney reportedly called to congratulate the president-elect after he won. He also tweeted a message urging Trump to let his more gracious victory speech "be his guide and preserving the Republic his aim."