The vibes emanating from the Trump camp, so far, are mainly positive.
Far from the vindictive, vengeful man his deriders have portrayed him to be, Trump is revealing a businessman-like pragmatic side in making good with erstwhile opponents embittered after being on the receiving end of his roughhouse tactics.
Among such are Ted Cruz and now Mitt Romney, both of whom have expressed eagerness to serve in the Trump administration.
Not the behavior indicative of a man who, according to a bunch of talking heads, should never be entrusted with the nuke codes. More like the behavior indicative of a man who can persuade implacable antagonists — with valuable attributes — to join forces for the good of the country.
In other words, now that he’s defeated all those who competed against him, President-elect Donald Trump is behaving like the statesman they said he could never be.
It appears the long-running war of words between Donald Trump and Mitt Romney has come to an end after the two met at his New Jersey golf club on Saturday.
The US president-elect was joined by Mike Pence for a meeting with one of his most outspoken critics at the clubhouse of Trump National Golf Club in Bedminister.
Trump and Vice President-elect Pence posed for pictures together before greeting Romney at the clubhouse’s entrance.
Trump clapped his hands several times as Romney walked up the steps to the clubhouse just before 1pm.
Romney shook hands with the president-elect and said ‘good to see you, sir’, as they gripped each other’s arms.
He then shook hands with Pence and patted him on the back as the three men walked into the clubhouse together.
It is believed Romney is a possible contender for secretary of state, despite the fact that he led the Republican opposition against Trump’s campaign for the presidency.
Trump’s cabinet picks to date:
White House chief of staff: Reince Priebus
The chairman of the Republican National Committee, Priebus earned Trump’s trust and confidence over the campaign. The 44-year-old Wisconsin political operative, who has spent his career as a Republican party official, is poised to be one of Trump’s most important gatekeepers, controlling access to the president and providing counsel.
Chief strategist and senior counselor to the president: Steve Bannon
One of Trump’s most controversial hires to date, Bannon joined Trump’s campaign as CEO in August after serving as the head of Breitbart News — a far-right outlet that is one of Trump’s biggest backers. Bannon, 62, worked for Goldman Sachs, then started his own media-focused boutique investment banking firm. After selling the business, he became a film producer, which introduced him to conservative publisher Andrew Breitbart and author Peter Schweizer. Jewish groups and a long list of Democratic leaders have denounced Bannon’s hiring and called on Trump to reconsider.
Attorney general: Sen. Jeff Sessions
The first senator to endorse the president elect, Alabama’s Sessions is known for his tough stance on immigration enforcement policies.
Sessions, who served as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Alabama and Alabama attorney general before his election to the U.S. Senate, is expected to push the Justice Department to the right.
Sessions, 69, could, however, face confirmation hiccups: His last confirmation hearing, in 1986 for a federal judgeship, was derailed over allegations that he’d made racially charged remarks while U.S. attorney in Alabama.
Assistant to the president for national security: Michael Flynn
A retired Army lieutenant general and former director of the Defense Intelligence Agency, Flynn was another early Trump backer and served as the president-elect’s top military adviser during the campaign. After retiring in 2014, Flynn quickly turned on the Obama administration and accused it of being soft on terrorism. In recent public comments, Flynn has emphasized his view that Islamic State extremists pose an existential threat on a global scale and demanded a far more aggressive U.S. military campaign against the group. In August, he declared that Islam ‘is a political ideology’ and that it ‘definitely hides behind being a religion’.
Director of the Central Intelligence Agency: Rep. Mike Pompeo
The Kansas congressman is a relatively new face in Trump’s circle. The hard-line Republican shares much of Trump’s worldview. He has heavily criticized the landmark Iran nuclear deal, blasted Hillary Clinton over the attack on a U.S. diplomatic outpost in Libya and her use of a private email server, and believes Edward Snowden is a traitor who deserves a death sentence.