Romney, the former GOP presidential nominee being considered for secretary of State, praised President-elect DMittonald Trump on Tuesday night after a dinner in New York.
“I happen to think that America’s best days are ahead of us,” Romney said after dinner, according to pool reports. “I think you’re going to see America continue to lead the world in this century.”
Romney, who said he was discussing “affairs throughout the world” with Trump, told reporters he was “impressed” with how Trump handled his victory speech and his transition efforts, naming Cabinet-level nominees such as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley and Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions.
“All of those things combined gives me increasing hope that President-elect Trump is the very man who can lead us to that better future,” Romney said at around 9:30 p.m. ET in the lobby of Trump Tower. Trump left through a different exit as Romney addressed reporters, according to pool reports.
He did not respond to questions about whether they have a similar view on Russia, if he apologized for his past criticism of Trump and who paid for dinner, according to the pool reports.
Romney ate with Trump and Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus at Jean Georges, an upscale French restaurant at Trump Tower. This is the second meeting between Trump and Romney, once a fierce critic, in the weeks since the election.