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Donald Trump and Mitt Romney continue their high-stakes courtship over frog legs in Manhattan

President-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney dine at Jean-Georges restaurant in New York. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)
President-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney dine at Jean-Georges restaurant in New York. (Drew Angerer / Getty Images)

Before Donald Trump secured the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney called him a phony and a fraud who made worthless promises.

But since Trump won the election, the two men have been exploring the possibility of Romney joining his Cabinet as secretary of State. On Tuesday night, they dined at Jean-Georges, a high-priced French restaurant in Trump's hotel adjacent to Central Park in Manhattan. 

Reince Priebus, the Republican Party chairman who will join Trump's White House as his chief of staff, was also there. The three men ate garlic soup, frog legs, scallops, prime sirloin and lamb chops, before ending the meal with chocolate cake. 

When Romney exited the restaurant, he spoke much more positively about Trump than he had during the primary, calling it a "wonderful evening."

"These discussions I've had with him have been enlightening and interesting and engaging," he told reporters.

Romney said Trump had made good choices for his administration.

"I've been impressed by what I've seen in the transition effort," he said. "The people he's selected as members of his Cabinet are solid, effective, capable people." 

Trump has chosen Stephen K. Bannon, a campaign advisor praised by white nationalists and criticized by civil rights activists, as his chief White House strategist, and he's continued to spread falsehoods about voter fraud. But Romney said Trump had a "message of inclusion and bringing people together."

Although choosing Romney could placate some establishment Republicans hoping for a more conventional choice for the nation's top diplomat, he's also controversial within Trump's circles.

A top Trump advisor has publicly warned that some supporters may feel betrayed if Romney is chosen. 

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