Mitt Romney 'under active consideration' for Donald Trump's secretary of state

Vice President-elect Mike Pence says Mitt Romney is "under active consideration" by President-elect Donald Trump to be nominated as Trump's secretary of state, "along with some other very distinguished Americans."

In an interview with "Fox News Sunday," Pence says Romney's recent meeting with Trump was a "warm and substantive" exchange. He said the team spent about an hour together and that Romney and Trump did have some private time.

Pence says overall, "it was a cordial meeting."

Trump met with Mitt Romney, once a fierce critic of the president-elect who is now being floated as a potential pick for secretary of state, on Saturday afternoon, setting aside the friction between the two men and signaling a willingness by Trump to entertain different points of view on foreign policy.

Romney appeared to warmly shake hands with Trump, each man gripping the arm of the other, as Romney arrived at Trump's New Jersey golf course. The two exchanged pleasantries, with Trump placing his hand on Romney's back, and disappeared behind a large brown door with Vice President-elect Mike Pence.

After the meeting, which lasted more than an hour, Romney said the men had had a "very thorough and in-depth discussion" regarding "the various theaters in the world where there are interests of the United States of real significance." Romney said that he and Trump exchanged views and that he looks forward to the new administration.

Trump said of the meeting: "It went great."

Romney and Trump differ on U.S. relations with Russia. Romney has called the country the "number one geopolitical foe" of the United States. According to the Kremlin, Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin spoke Monday, agreeing that U.S.-Russian relations are "unsatisfactory" and vowing to work to improve them. Trump's office said in a statement that the president-elect told Putin he was looking forward to "having a strong and enduring relationship with Russia and the People of Russia."

The cordiality that Romney and Trump displayed publicly was a marked change from the way the men spoke about each other during the campaign.

Romney told CNN in June that a Trump presidency could bring "trickle-down racism, trickle-down bigotry, trickle-down misogyny" to the nation. In a speech, Romney called the real estate developer a "con man" and a "fake." Trump said Romney "blew it" and "choked like a dog" in his failed bid to unseat President Obama in 2012, and he called the former Massachusetts governor "one of the dumbest and worst candidates in the history of Republican politics."

Trump and Pence are spending the weekend at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, in a nearly constant stream of meetings with potential administration hires and others looking to dispense advice.

Pence also says repealing President Barack Obama's health care plan is the new administration's first priority. He says Trump "wants to focus out of the gate" on repealing "Obamacare."

Associated Press, Washington Post contributed.

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