Trump Offers Top Job to Tom Price, Dinner to Mitt Romney

President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Nov. 10, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama meets with President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office, Nov. 10, 2016. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

With his eyes on the lucrative position, Romney demonstrated a complete volte–face when he said the President-elect can lead the country to a better future.

By Rakesh Raman

Even as he is feeling the votes recount headache in different states, President-elect Donald Trump continues to build his administrative team.

Trump announced Tuesday his intent to nominate Chairman of the House Budget Committee Congressman Tom Price as Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and Seema Verma as Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.

Former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney who has been a fierce critic of Trump during the primary debates period, met the businessman-cum-President-elect for the second time Tuesday amidst speculations that he may be the Secretary of State in Trump administration.

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However, Trump has not yet gone beyond confabulations and dinner with Romney who was expected to tender an apology to Trump for his obnoxious – yet truthful – remarks about Trump’s lies about his business and hateful statements.

But with his eyes on the lucrative position, Romney demonstrated a complete volte–face on Tuesday when he said the President-elect can lead the country to a “better future.” This was a kind of apology.

Greed has blinded Romney, but he may still be ignored by Trump who is presumably asking his communications team to openly voice the concerns of Trump loyalists who are not in favor of Romney.

Votes Recount

Meanwhile, Trump’s worries are increasing as votes recount is expected in multiple states to unearth the cases of voter fraud.

After her vote recount petition in Wisconsin, former Green Party presidential candidate Jill Stein is exploring similar recounts in multiple states where the U.S. presidential election concluded on November 8.

Earlier it was believed that the Wisconsin recount may not change the outcome of the election in which Republican candidate Donald J. Trump won by defeating her Democrat rival Hillary Clinton.

However, if the recount happens in more states Trump must be a worried President-elect, mainly because Clinton won the popular vote by a whopping margin of nearly 2 million votes.

Besides Wisconsin, the immediate target states where the recount is expected are Pennsylvania and Michigan. Here Trump’s vote lead over Clinton is very small – in Pennsylvania 70,010 votes, in Michigan just 10,704 votes, and in Wisconsin 27,257 votes.

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Eyeing a possibility of result reversal, the Clinton camp has decided to support the recount initiated by Stein. Although Stein may not gain anything in her efforts toward recount, she wants to expose the flaws in the American democracy and the electroal system.

Trump has expressed concerns with his usual unsubstantiated Twitter attacks, saying it is a Green Party scam supported by defeated Democrats.

Meanwhile, protesters have decided to disrupt the Inauguration Day ceremony on January 20, 2017 when Trump is scheduled to begin his four-year term as President.

Stein has also planned major anti-Trump demonstrations. “We will be building Occupy Inauguration protests in January,” she had said.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a government award-winning journalist and runs free school for deserving children under his NGO – RMN Foundation.

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