Former Donald Trump critic Mitt Romney has said the President-elect is the “man who can lead us” after the pair met for an “enlightening” dinner at an upmarket restaurant.
Mr Trump is considering him for the post of Secretary of State, America’s top diplomat.
Mr Romney fiercely criticised Mr Trump during this year’s campaign for the Republican presidential nomination, calling him a “phony”, a “conman” and a “fraud”.
In turn, Mr Trump labelled him a “loser” and a “choke artist” and said Mr Romney would have dropped to his knees to get his support during his failed 2012 presidential bid.
But the animosity between the pair appears to have vanished as the two enjoyed an intimate dinner date.
After feasting on a meal at the three-Michelin star Jean Georges restaurant in New York City that included garlic soup with frogs legs, scallops and steak, Mr Romney was full of praise for Mr Trump.
“I had a wonderful evening with President-elect Trump,” Mr Romney told reporters.
“We had another discussion about affairs throughout the world and these discussions I’ve had with him have been enlightening, and interesting, and engaging. I’ve enjoyed them very, very much.”
Mr Romney heaped more praise on his would-be boss by praising his “message of inclusion and bringing people together” since his shock election.
He said Mr Trump’s cabinet appointments and his wish for increased unity had changed his opinion.
“All of those things combined give me increasing hope that President-elect Trump is the very man who can lead us,” said Mr Romney.
Also at the meal – at a Trump hotel in Manhattan – was Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus, his incoming Chief of Staff.
Mr Priebus has reportedly been pushing for Mr Romney behind the scenes.
However, former campaign manager Kellyanne Conway could be on a collision course with Mr Trump after saying in TV interviews on Sunday that supporters would feel “betrayed” if Mr Romney got the job.
Rudy Giuliani, a faithful supporter of the President-elect, was previously seen as the frontrunner, but Mr Trump is also considering other candidates.
He will meet retired general John Kelly on Friday – and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee Bob Corker is also on the shortlist.
Mr Corker also met Mr Trump on Tuesday and said afterwards: “The world needs to know that the secretary of state is someone who speaks fully for the president and again, that’s a decision he’s going to have to make.”
Mr Trump’s choices so far have included the controversial Stephen Bannon as chief strategist, Alabama senator Jeff Sessions as attorney general, South Carolina governor Nikki Haley as ambassador to the UN, and Besty DeVos as secretary of education.