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Donald Trump and Mitt Romney 'to discuss Secretary of State position'

Donald Trump endorsed Mitt Romney in 2012. Credit: Reuters

Donald Trump will meet former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney to discuss the position of Secretary of State, according to US media.

NBC News said the meeting would take place this weekend, with a source telling the network it was to discuss the position.

Secretary of State is one of the most important jobs in the administration.

Romney, who ran for president in 2012, delivered a scathing verbal attack on the now president-elect earlier this year.

In a speech in March, he called Mr Trump a "phoney" and a "fraud" making "worthless" promises. He added: "A business genius he is not."

At the time, Mr Trump dismissed the attack, saying Mr Romney had "failed badly" in his campaign against Barack Obama in 2012 and described him as a "choker".

Mr Trump endorsed Mr Romney during his 2012 campaign.

The former Massachusetts governor sent his "best wishes" to Mr Trump after his election victory earlier this month.

Since his surprise victory, other names linked to the Secretary of State role include lawyer and diplomat John Bolton, former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani and South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley.

Mr Trump has been forced to deny claims his transition process is in disarray as he continues to try to appoint members of his top team.

In a series of tweets Mr Trump said he was "the only one who knows who the finalists are," as critics suggested he is struggling to contain division among his top aides.