If any other president-elect wined and dined his or her mortal enemy in a pageant-like search for a secretary of state, it'd be weird. When Donald Trump brought #NeverTrump poster boy Mitt Romney to Jean-Georges for young garlic soup and sautéed frog legs, it wasn't too far off a normal Tuesday for the Twitter lord:
Despite successfully clowning one of his most prominent haters, Trump still didn't get what he wanted out of his reconciliatory dinner with the former governor of Massachusetts: an apology.
More than a week after the two had begun talking, Trump raised the possibility of a public apology with Romney as a way of mollifying those critics, the sources said. He asked Romney to say publicly he was 'wrong' about Trump
Trump personally saw it in business deal terms: He would get the mea culpa he sought from Romney; Romney would get the job he covets.
In March, Romney delivered a scathing speech at the University of Utah, during which he argued that if then-candidate "Donald Trump’s plans were ever implemented, the country would sink into prolonged recession."
Just hours thereafter, on stage at a rally in Maine, Trump called Romney — who ran unsuccessfully against incumbent President Barack Obama in 2012 — a "choke artist" and a "failed candidate."
In the same speech, Trump infamously said Romney "was begging for my endorsement [in 2012]. I could have said, ‘Mitt, drop to your knees,’ he would have dropped to his knees,” which some construed to be a sexual innuendo.