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Mitt Romney Tweets He's Not Donald Trump's Secretary Of State Pick

Trump is expected to name Exxon Mobil's Rex Tillerson on Tuesday morning.
Donald Trump and Mitt Romney dine at Trump Tower while the two were still discussing the secretary of State post.
Donald Trump and Mitt Romney dine at Trump Tower while the two were still discussing the secretary of State post.

Moments before President-elect Donald Trump announced Monday night that he would name his secretary of State pick Tuesday, also-ran Mitt Romney confirmed that it would not be him.

Trump notified Romney that he would not get the job in a phone call prior to Romney’s announcement, CNN reported. Trump is expected to name Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson for the top diplomatic post.

Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee and former Massachusetts governor, had met with Trump multiple times in recent weeks, fueling speculation that he was among the final contenders for the top diplomatic post.

Romney was a fierce critic of Trump during the 2016 presidential campaign, calling him a “phony” and a “fraud.” Since Trump’s win, Romney has sought to smooth relations with the president-elect, eventually making his way onto the shortlist for secretary of State. The two dined together in November at Trump’s hotel in New York, after which Romney praised Trump, saying he could “lead us to that better future.”

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