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Donald Trump gives Mitt Romney follow-up interview for secretary of state job

Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is getting a follow-up interview with President-elect Donald Trump for the secretary of state job, despite fierce opposition inside and outside the transition team to giving the former foe a plum post in the administration.

Mr. Trump, who first met with Mr. Romney on Nov. 19, is scheduled for a second meeting with him Tuesday, transition team officials announced Monday.

The consideration of Mr. Romney stirred opposition because the 2014 GOP presidential nominee aggressively fought to stop Mr. Trump from winning the nomination and the White House, calling him a “fraud” and a “phony” whose ignorance and misguided foreign policy would be dangerous to America and the world.

Kellyanne Conway, senior adviser to the Trump transition team, raised eyebrows Sunday when she publicly spoke out against choosing Mr. Romney.

“The number of people who would feel betrayed to think a Governor Romney would get the most prominent cabinet post after he went so far out of his way to hurt Donald Trump,” she said on CNN. “I’m all for party unity, but I’m not sure we have to pay for that with the secretary of state position.”

The second meeting would give Mr. Trump and Mr. Romney a chance to get better acquainted, said transition team spokesman Jason Miller.

“The two haven’t spent that much time together and so this gives them a little more time to do so,” he told reporters on a conference call. “The president-elect is really taking these meetings very seriously. He wants to make sure he’s making the absolute best decision for all of the different positions where folks may be joining the administration.”

The interview at Trump Tower in Manhattan adds to intense speculation surrounding the State Department job. Mr. Romney is among a slew of potential picks, including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, retired Army Gen. David Petraeus and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker.

Mr. Petraeus is set to meet Monday with Mr. Trump.

Mr. Corker is scheduled for an interview the same day as Mr. Romney.

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