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Donald Trump and Mitt Romney hold 'in-depth foreign policy talks'

  • Video report by ITV News Correspondent Marc Mallett

Donald Trump has held talks with former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney as he builds his transition team.

There were reports the pair, who have clashed in the past, would discuss the possibility of Mr Romney becoming Secretary of State, one of the most important jobs in the White House administration.

After meeting for one hour and 20 minutes, Mr Romney said they had had "thorough and in-depth" talks on foreign policy issues, adding that he was looking forward to the Trump administration.

Mr Trump said the meeting "went great" before going back inside his golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, where they met.

The president-elect has faced criticism over his transition process, something he has fiercely defended.

Donald Trump and Mike Pence in Bedminster on Saturday. Credit: Reuters

Mr 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.