Former Gov. Mike Huckabee (R-Ark.) on Wednesday mocked Mitt Romney, saying he needed to do more to make peace with President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump claims media 'smeared' students involved in encounter with Native American man Al Sharpton criticizes Trump’s ‘secret’ visit to MLK monument Gillibrand cites spirituality in 2020 fight against Trump’s ‘dark’ values MORE.
Romney ate dinner with Trump and Reince Priebus in New York City late Tuesday amid speculation he may be the next secretary of State.
“Both [future chief of staff] Reince Priebus and Donald Trump were having filet,” Huckabee said on Fox News’s “America’s Newsroom” Wednesday. "On Mitt Romney’s plate there was a big, big slice of crow.
“The irony here is that it’s not so much the relationship Donald Trump has with Mitt Romney,” the former GOP presidential candidate added. "It’s the relationship that Mitt Romney has with voters who elected Donald Trump.
“I think that the outrage that is being expressed among many Trump supporters is that it wasn’t just that Romney dissed Donald Trump, but that he really took a swipe and spoke contemptuously of the people that made Donald Trump the president of the United States. At some point, Mitt Romney has to address that.”
Huckabee said Trump faces a hard choice over whether he should add Romney, one of his fiercest critics during the Republican presidential primary, to his Cabinet.
“I think he wants to show that he’s not a person to hold a grudge,” Huckabee said of Trump. "It’s an important message to send to Democrats. It’s an important message to send to Republicans who didn’t support him.
“[But] ultimately, he’s going to make decisions and his Cabinet members are not going to be out there making their own decisions and going rogue. If they can’t do that, they shouldn’t be on the Cabinet.”
Romney, the former GOP governor of Massachusetts, remains in the mix to lead the State Department despite his past attacks on Trump.
Trump’s consideration of Romney has divided his inner circle, however, with some of his top surrogates publicly questioning the possible move.
Other candidates for the post include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R), retired Gen. David Petraeus and Sen. Bob CorkerRobert (Bob) Phillips CorkerThe Memo: Romney moves stir worries in Trump World Senate GOP names first female members to Judiciary panel Former US special envoy to anti-ISIS coalition joins Stanford University as lecturer MORE (R-Tenn.).