Gingrich: 'I've gotten no blowback' for criticizing Romney

Gingrich: 'I've gotten no blowback' for criticizing Romney
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Former Speaker Newt Gingrich on Sunday said he hasn't received any blowback for publicly criticizing Mitt Romney, a potential nominee for secretary of State in the Trump administration.

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"As tough as I've been in public ... about Mitt, I've gotten no blowback from anybody, including Reince [Priebus, President-elect Trump's incoming chief of staff]," Gingrich, a key Trump adviser, said on CBS's "Face The Nation."

"There's a sense of, you're allowed to have your own opinion. This is like 'The Apprentice.' When we get to a decision, we'll all be on the same team. But until that decision is made, it's a fair conversation." 

Gingrich and other Trump supporters have been critical of Romney, who spoke out strongly against Trump during the presidential campaign.

But Gingrich said Sunday that if Trump chose Romney, Gingrich would support the decision. 

"I'm very comfortable, if, given the amount of time he's put into this, if President-elect Trump says I want Romney, I'm for Romney," Gingrich said.

"He has spent more than enough time talking with Mitt ... President Trump is going to be his own leader in foreign policy."

The former Speaker said he's impressed with the "patient way" in which Trump is going about choosing who will serve as his secretary of State.