Mitt Romney honored to have been considered for State

Associated Press

Washington — Mitt Romney appears to be out of the running for secretary of state, writing on Facebook that it “was an honor to have been considered” for the job in Donald Trump’s Cabinet.

Romney writes: “My discussions with President-elect Trump have been both enjoyable and enlightening. I have very high hopes that the new administration will lead the nation to greater strength, prosperity and peace.”

Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential candidate, was a vocal critic of Trump during the election. Some of Trump’s senior advisers warned that tapping Romney for the job at State would anger the president-elect’s loyal supporters.

Trump plans to announce his secretary of state pick Tuesday. Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson has emerged as the leading candidate.