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After a fancy dinner with Donald Trump, Mitt Romney said he had 'increasing hope'

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On the campaign trail, Donald Trump and Mitt Romney had no shortage of insults for each other.

But on Tuesday, as Trump mulls who will be his Secretary of State, Romney left a dinner at Jean Georges -- a three-star restaurant in Trump Tower - singing the president-elect's praises. He congratulated Trump on being able to "connect with the American people" better than he could during his failed 2012 run.

After a fancy dinner with Donald Trump, Mitt Romney said he had 'increasing hope'

WATCH | Speaking to the press immediately after the dinner, Romney said he had "increasing hope" that Trump could lead the country.

"I have to tell you, I've been impressed by what I've seen in his transition," Romney said.

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President-elect Donald Trump, center, eats dinner with Mitt Romney, right, and Trump Chief of Staff Reince Priebus at Jean-Georges restaurant, Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

When asked if this meant Romney had secured the job, Trump said: "Well, we're going to see what happens." Photos of the dinner showed a friendly atmosphere. (Incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus is on the left.)

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On the campaign trail, Romney and Trump frequently criticized each other. Romney called Trump "a phony, a fraud." Trump said Romney "choked" during his 2012 campaign and had "begged" for his endorsement, at one point saying Romney "would have dropped to his knees."

But by November 20, Romney was under "active consideration" for the Secretary of State job.

After a fancy dinner with Donald Trump, Mitt Romney said he had 'increasing hope'

WATCH | On Sunday, Trump adviser Kellyanne Conway said many Trump supporters would feel "betrayed" by a Romney pick.

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