President-elect Donald Trump is literally growing his Cabinet by the day, and it looks like former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney is still on the president-elect's good side. On Tuesday, a photo of Trump and Romney having dinner in New York City added to the already-widespread speculation that Romney could find a place in Trump's administration. From the looks of it, the dinner appeared intimate — and sober.
Romney and Trump reportedly dined at the Jean-Georges restaurant in NYC. The lighting appeared to be dimmed, making for an intimate setting. But there was a third wheel on board: Former Republican National Committee chairman and future White House chief of staff Reince Priebus tagged along. The three men sat around a table for four, perhaps even discussing Romney's potential role in the Trump administration. Priebus appeared to have a glass of white wine, while Trump and Romney seemed content with water. Trump has said for years that he doesn't drink, and Romney abstains from alcohol for religious reasons. According to various reports, all three men did indulge in a piece of chocolate cake.
If there's anything to comfort unhappy Americans in the wake of the November election, perhaps it's that at least Trump isn't making his Cabinet decisions under the influence of alcohol — even if he's at a fancy dinner.
Tuesday wasn't the first meeting between Trump and Romney since the Donald's general election victory. They also met earlier in November. After Tuesday's meeting, Romney, speaking to reporters, expressed optimism about his experiences with Trump. He said:
These discussions I’ve had with him have been enlightening, and interesting, and engaging.
Most of the rumors suppose that Romney will become the Trump administration's secretary of state. Tuesday's dinner may have been some kind of an interview — Trump reportedly met with retired Army Gen. David Petraeus and Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, both of whom may also be in the running, earlier in the week. It's unclear who Trump will ultimately pick, but he likely won't wait too long to make a decision. In recent days, Trump has announced a handful of new Cabinet nominations, including Elaine Chao for Secretary of Transportation and Steven Mnuchin for Treasury secretary.
For his part, Romney was supportive of Trump's previous Cabinet picks on Tuesday. He told reporters after dinner, "The people he’s selected as members of his Cabinet are solid, effective, capable people." If Tuesday's intimate dinner is any indication, then Romney could be the next individual to join the team.