US Vice President-elect Mike Pence says former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney is under "active consideration" to serve as the secretary of state.
Pence, the former Indiana governor, made the remarks on Fox News on Sunday, one day after Romney met with President-elect Donald Trump.
In the run-up to the US 2016 presidential election, Romney, a former Massachusetts governor, had described the real estate tycoon as “a phony, (and) a fraud."
However, the two long-time foes met privately in the clubhouse at Trump's golf course in Bedminster Township, New Jersey, on Saturday.
According to the vice president-elect who was with the property tycoon in New Jersey, 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."
California Democratic Representative Adam Schiff has welcomed Romney’s appointment, saying he would make a "consummate diplomat."
"But I think it's a total head fake. I think this is Donald Trump still being the entertainer, still running a show where he wants to build suspense and he alone knows who the contestant will be the winner. It’s more of a nod to the appearance of bringing people together," Schiff said on CNN.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former UN ambassador John Bolton and former House of Representatives Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) are other possible candidates for the top position.