Mitt Romney praises Donald Trump after ‘deal with the devil’ dinner

Romney once labelled the now president-elect a phony, but after a meal in New York he was effusive a U-turn that Twitter users were keen to exploit

Mitt Romney has praised Donald Trump, saying he has increasing hope that the president-elect can lead the country to a better future, following a dinner with Trump and Republican party chairman Reince Priebus in New York.

The 2012 Republican presidential nominee dined with Trump at a French restaurant in Manhattan on Tuesday night. It was their second meeting since the election and took place as Trump decides whom to appoint as secretary of state.

Speaking to reporters after the meal, Romney offered a glowing review of Trumps transition thus far and his winning campaign.

Romney said its not easy to win, adding that Trump offered a vision that connected with the American people in a very powerful way.

His comments are a departure from his stance during the campaign, when Romney was sharply critical of Trump, calling him a phony and a fraud whose promises were worthless.

Mitt Romney (@MittRomney)

Here’s what I know. Donald Trump is a phony, a fraud. His promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University. (1/2)

March 3, 2016

Romneys new-found admiration Trump has not gone unnoticed, with social media users eager to highlight the former governor of Massachusetts about-turn since the election.

Images from the dinner, which show Trump smiling and Romney in a half-grimace, have been widely shared on Twitter as evidence of just how awkward a situation Romney is in. One Twitter user said the scene reminded him of a deal with the Devil.

The New York Daily News even ran a caption competition.

Astoria Haiku (@AstoriaHaiku)

@NYDailyNews Final course: Humble Pie

November 30, 2016

But many Twitter users didnt need an invitation.

Marc Caputo (@MarcACaputo)

“What’s for dinner, Donald?”

“Your dignity” pic.twitter.com/TRFIh56cEe

November 30, 2016
John Nichols (@NicholsUprising)

Donald Trump: I am enjoying this.
Mitt Romney: I am not. pic.twitter.com/EJcTKVwFWJ

November 30, 2016
Adam Murray (@Atom_Murray)

I made the Trump/Romney photo black and white, and it looks like a Twilight Zone episode where a guy just made a foolish deal with the Devil pic.twitter.com/froiDYDJei

November 30, 2016
Gray Connolly (@GrayConnolly)

Romney should be holding up a newspaper with today’s date on it pic.twitter.com/zZNBpABJcN

November 30, 2016
Sam Thielman (@samthielman)

“I said SMILE” [hysterical laughter] pic.twitter.com/sjDbq7gxwD

November 30, 2016
dan nolan (@dannolan)

Romney: “What do you call this”
Trump: “Polonium”
Romney: “It’s incredible. Just incredible. Divine.” pic.twitter.com/DlgbgyhI5k

November 30, 2016

Associated Press contributed to this report

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