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Karl Rove: Conway's Slam on Romney Makes Trump 'Look Weak'

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By    |   Monday, 28 November 2016 12:48 PM

There are two different explanations for Donald Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway's decision to speak out publicly against Mitt Romney being nominated as secretary of state, and could make the president-elect look weak moving forward, Republican strategist Karl Rove said Monday.

"One is that it's authorized, that Donald Trump has said go out and say these things about Mitt Romney," Rove told Fox News' "Happening Now" program, saying that Trump may have decided to hang the "Never Trump" protester and 2012 GOP nominee "out to dry."

Trump may have decided to go with a different candidate for the position, he continued, and to blame his change of mind on "grassroots influence."

Over the weekend, Conway spoke out against Romney to CNN and NBC, and Rove said the former campaign manager has "said she's given advice to Trump privately and now she's making it publicly. I don't know which one it is and we may never know which one it is."

"This is destructive," Rove continued. "First of all, it suggests Donald Trump is weak within his inner core, [with his] closest advisers publicly telling people this is the advice I gave my chief and he isn't listening to me. It makes him look weak."

But the other explanation, said Rove, is that Trump wants to be able to say that he made his choice based on who would be the best person for the job.

"Regardless of what he does, if he settles on Romney it's going to be that his closest advisers told him not to do it," said Rove. "If he settles on somebody else, there was anger about Romney and he couldn't stand up to that anger. Better to have given advice in private and let him make his decision one way or the other."

The bottom line, Rove said, is that a president-elect is entitled to make his own decisions, and that is done best when advisers don't make public comment.

"If he decided it was good to authorize her to do it. It's not in his long-term interest or short-term interest," Rove said of Conway's comments. "It makes whatever he ends up doing look weak and if he didn't authorize her it's even worse."

Whomever is picked will be someone who has to be able to work with Trump's national security adviser, who the president-elect announced last week as retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, said Rove.

"They'll be knit up very close, one as advocate and executor and one as process leader that helps shape the offense of the president," said Rove.

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There are two different explanations for Donald Trump's senior adviser Kellyanne Conway's decision to speak out publicly against Mitt Romney being nominated as secretary of state, and could make the president-elect look weak moving forward, Republican strategist Karl Rove said Monday.
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