Mitt Romney praises Donald Trump after posh dinner in New York

Former Donald Trump critic Mitt Romney has said the President-elect is the “man who can lead us” after the pair met for an “enlightening” dinner at an upmarket restaurant. Mr Trump is considering him for the post of Secretary of State, America’s top diplomat. Mr Romney fiercely criticised Mr Trump during this year’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, calling him a “phony”, a “conman” and a “fraud”. In turn, Mr Trump labelled him a “loser” and a “choke artist” and said Mr Romney would have dropped to his knees to get his support during his failed 2012 presidential bid.

We had another discussion about affairs throughout the world and these discussions I’ve had with him have been enlightening, and interesting, and engaging. I’ve enjoyed them very, very much.

Mitt Romney

But the animosity between the pair appears to have vanished as the two enjoyed an intimate dinner date. After feasting on a meal at the three-Michelin star Jean Georges restaurant in New York City that included garlic soup with frogs legs, scallops and steak, Mr Romney was full of praise for Mr Trump. “I had a wonderful evening with President-elect Trump,” Mr Romney told reporters.