Roger Stone, a longtime adviser to Donald TrumpDonald TrumpNRCC claims Obama surveillance of Trump 'confirmed' US further alienates itself on trade, nations look elsewhere for partners Harmful budget cuts won’t help GOP in 2018 and beyond MORE, says the president-elect interviewed Mitt Romney for the secretary of State position just to "torture him" for his former criticism.
In an appearance on InfoWars Sunday, Stone said Trump had been toying with Romney.
"Donald Trump was interviewing Mitt Romney for secretary of State in order to torture him," Stone said on conspiracy theory website InfoWars. "To toy with him. And given the history, that’s completely understandable. Mitt Romney crossed a line. He didn’t just oppose Trump, which is his democratic right, he called him a phony and a fraud. And a con man. And that’s not the kind of man you want as Secretary of State."
Stone, a longtime political operative who has Richard Nixon's face tattooed on his back, left Trump's campaign last year and does not have a position on the transition. Stone plans to write a book on Trump's rise to the White House.
"Well, you know Trump correctly said he was a choker," Stone told InfoWars, "And at the key moment in the campaign against Barack ObamaBarack ObamaAs Persian New Year passes, Iranian resistance sees reasons for hope NRCC claims Obama surveillance of Trump 'confirmed' Nunes regrets briefing Trump before Intelligence panel MORE he choked. Donald Trump is not a choker, in fact, he’s a scratch golfer. So in this particular case, Trump did what Romney couldn’t."
Romney's position on Trump changed drastically after the election. After having dinner with Trump in late November, Romney praised him as potentially "the very man that could lead us to that better future"—an attitude shift that led Trump ally and former Speaker Newt Gingrich to mock Romney's "sucking up."
Trump has yet to officially announce his pick for the State Department.