After calling on Donald Trump to drop out during the brutal presidential race, former GOP candidate Carly Fiorina sung the president-elect’s praises during a meeting at Trump Tower on Monday.
The former Hewlett-Packard CEO seemed to easily put aside her bitter rivalry with Trump on Monday after meeting with him in New York. And she even adopted the future president’s talking point that blames China — instead of Russia as U.S. intelligence has concluded — for interfering in U.S. elections. Fiorina is reportedly being considered for the role of director of national intelligence.
“It was an honor to meet with the president-elect,” Fiorina told reporters before praising the “really cool” sports memorabilia in Trump’s office.
“I was particularly taken by Shaq O’Neil’s shoe,” she explained. “I guess it takes a champion to know a champion.”
Fiorina said that the two spent “a fair amount of time talking about China.”
“We talked about hacking, whether it’s Chinese hacking or purported Russian hacking,” she added, hinting that she sided with Trump in his disagreement with the U.S. intelligence agencies which have concluded Russia tried to influence the U.S. election.
Fiorina also praised Trump for filling his administration with “fantastic people.”
“The high quality of people that he’s named already says so much about his executive abilities, but it also says that people recognize the opportunity that our new president-elect has to really make a huge impact on people’s lives in this country,” she opined. “So, it was an honor for me to be there.”
During the presidential campaign, Fiorina had taken a markedly different tone about reality-television-star-turned-GOP-candidate.
“Donald Trump does not represent me or my party,” she wrote in October after Trump was caught on video bragging about groping women. “I understand the responsibility of Republicans to support their nominee. Our nominee has weighty responsibilities as well. Donald Trump has manifestly failed in these responsibilities.”
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