Is Mitt Romney really in line to become secretary of state in the Trump Administration, or will he emerge red-faced and empty-handed?

As politicos buzz over this seemingly-odd alliance, it’s easy to wonder how these meetings came to be in the first place.

After all, Romney was a particularly vocal critic of Trump during the campaign, repeatedly calling him a “fraud”. And it’s a near-certainty that the former Massachusetts governor voted for someone whose name does not start with “T”. There’s no secret about any of this.

So is this about Trump reaching across the aisle, or an elaborate, high-profile revenge plot designed to embarrass Romney when nothing comes of it? Only the president-elect knows for sure.

From CNN, here’s Romney with reaction to his latest meeting at Trump Tower:

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