After branding Donald Trump as a “phony, fraud” who played the “American public for suckers,” 2012 presidential nominee Mitt Romney sat down for a meal with the “con man” president-elect and left the dinner table with “increasing hope” that a Trump presidency could steer the country toward a “better future.”
So, what forced Romney to change his tune?
The answer is simple: Trump is reportedly considering his former critic for the esteemed position of secretary of state.
The two men, along with Republican National Committee Chair Reince Priebus, polished off a dinner of frog legs, scallops, sirloin, lamb chops and chocolate cake at the Jean-Georges restaurant in Trump International Hotel in New York. Luckily, CNN senior White House correspondent Jim Acosta was at the restaurant and live-tweeted the dramatic dinner date summit between the former foes.
“We had another discussion about affairs throughout the world, and these discussions I've had with him have been enlightening, and interesting, and engaging," Romney told reporters after the meeting. “He won the general election and he continues with a message of inclusion and bringing people together and his vision is something which obviously connected with the American people in a very powerful way.”
Ironically, the part about “inclusion and bringing people together” came just hours after the president-elect threatened to jail or revoke the citizenship of anyone burning American flags.
Then, in stark contrast to his March speech, where he painted a picture of a dark future under a President Trump, the former Massachusetts governor said, “I happen to think that America's best days are ahead of us.”
In between the awkward courting and hypocritical praises, the diners also let media snap some pictures.
One in particular struck the internet’s fancy — mainly because Romney looked as if he had just realized a grave mistake and Trump looked like a Cheshire cat, giving camera a thumbs up.
Therefore, while the potential secretary of state gushed over the man he once said lacked “the temperament to be president,” Twitter was busy mocking his uncomfortable posture.
Mitt Romney is me every time I go on a first date pic.twitter.com/659nSst6rg— Hunter Schwarz (@hunterschwarz) November 30, 2016
Mitt probably feels like his dog Seamus that was strapped to the top of the family station wagon pic.twitter.com/mTM0JhrYuS— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) November 30, 2016
Donald Trump looks like a cat that caught a mouse and is now batting it around with its paws until it dies. Romney is the mouse. pic.twitter.com/fSuxKbR7d8— Taegan Goddard (@politicalwire) November 30, 2016
*plays Sarah McLachlan*— Matthew (@Matthops82) November 30, 2016
"With your small donation, you can help save this poor creature." pic.twitter.com/x1jFFJ2vO8
*record scratch*— Hunter Walker (@hunterw) November 30, 2016
Yup, that's me. You're probably wondering how I ended up in this situation ... pic.twitter.com/VC9XZblMGY
I think this is gonna be Trump's Christmas card this year pic.twitter.com/REdAwBAapV— Shoshana Weissmann (@senatorshoshana) November 30, 2016
"What's for dinner, Donald?"— Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo) November 30, 2016
"Your dignity" pic.twitter.com/TRFIh56cEe
In which Trump farted and made Romney sit there as it enveloped him. pic.twitter.com/haipj12TRH— Dave Rubin (@RubinReport) November 30, 2016
This looks like the closing scene in an episode of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" pic.twitter.com/yKH6lexOWn— Matt Viser (@mviser) November 30, 2016
I found the uncropped version of that Trump and Romney photo. pic.twitter.com/VdeLh3QnB1— neontaster (@neontaster) November 30, 2016
Mitt Romney: "I'd sell my soul for a tiny, fancy meal."— Ryan Parker (@TheRyanParker) November 30, 2016
Trump: "Helloooooooooooooooo." pic.twitter.com/hsxghMiaoE
When Jim looks directly into camera pic.twitter.com/F6sJuFmQQk— Jarett Wieselman (@JarettSays) November 30, 2016
I don't know what he's just agreed to do for Trump but it looks bad: pic.twitter.com/ysVSRROBDH— Murtaza Hussain (@MazMHussain) November 30, 2016
I made the Trump/Romney photo black and white, and it looks like a Twilight Zone episode where a guy just made a foolish deal with the Devil pic.twitter.com/froiDYDJei— Adam Murray (@Atom_Murray) November 30, 2016
It's...uncanny pic.twitter.com/pJtxVUc6hn— Dan Amira (@DanAmira) November 30, 2016
… and last but not the least:
I call this series, "I've made a terrible mistake." pic.twitter.com/NIMoUpeApk— #1 Rachel ? (@rachel) November 30, 2016