Report: Romney Refused to Publicly Apologize For Criticizing Trump

No, I won't apologize...
Nobody would be surprised if Romney still had negative feelings toward Trump


Mitt Romney refused Donald Trump's request to publicly apologize for criticizing the president-elect during the campaign, CNN reports.

Romney called Trump a "con man, a phony and a fraud" during the presidential campaign, only to emerge as a candidate for Trump's secretary of State. On Tuesday, Trump chose Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for State instead.

Sources told CNN that while Trump was willing to move past Romney's remarks and consider him for the nation's top diplomatic job, Trump aides like Kellyanne Conway and Steve Bannon were not so forgiving.

Trump, Vice President-elect Mike Pence and Trump's incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus all wanted Romney to apologize, according to CNN.

While Romney never made a public apology, he offered praise for Trump and his growing cabinet and congratulated him for winning his White House bid.