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Trump Aide Kellyanne Conway Bashes Mitt Romney


Updated: November 28, 2016, 9:41 AM IST
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Trump Aide Kellyanne Conway Bashes Mitt Romney
Kellyanne Conway, campaign manager and senior advisor to the Trump Presidential Transition Team (Photo: Reuters)

New York: Top aide Kellyanne Conway says she'll support whomever US President-elect Donald Trump nominates for Secretary of State, but it appears she cannot help lobbying against Mitt Romney.

"People feel betrayed to think that Governor Romney -- who went out of his way to question the character, intellect and integrity of Donald Trump,... -- would be given the most significant cabinet post of all,..," Conway said Sunday on NBC's Meet The Press.

In a string of television interviews, Conway referred to Romney's attacks on Trump as "fraud" and "phony," and stressed the opposition to Romney's potential nomination by numerous Trump backers, reported USA today.

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She told NBC, "I'm reflecting what the grassroots are saying."

Conway, however, also said the decision belongs to one person -- Trump -- and she would back his choice.

"We're all for party unity," Conway said on ABC's This Week, but she added that "I don't think a cost of admission for party unity has to be the Secretary of State position."

Trump has interviewed Romney for the job. A prominent Trump campaign supporter, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, is also seeking the State Department post.

There are others in the mix, officials said, including John Kelly, a retired general, and Sen. Bob Corker.

There was also talk of retired general and former CIA Director David Petraeus, though he pleaded guilty in a case involving the sharing of classified information.

First Published: November 28, 2016, 9:41 AM IST
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