President Donald Trump surprised many on Friday by meeting with former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who called for him to withdraw from the presidential race one month before he won the election.
CNN reported that Rice met with Trump in the Oval Office today after first having a private meeting with Vice President Mike Pence.
“POTUS [Trump] welcomed former NSA and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice back to White House this morning,” White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer stated on Twitter.
— Sean Spicer (@PressSec) March 31, 2017
Back in October, Rice called on Trump to drop out of the race in the wake of the leaked “Access Hollywood” tape showing him making derogatory comments about women.
“Enough! Donald Trump should not be President. He should withdraw,” Rice wrote on Facebook on October 8. “As a Republican, I hope to support someone who has the dignity and stature to run for the highest office in the greatest democracy on earth.”
— Condoleezza Rice (@CondoleezzaRice) October 8, 2016
However, Rice and Trump appear to have put this behind them. In December, she praised Trump for following her recommendation in appointing Rex Tillerson as his Secretary of State, calling him an “excellent choice for secretary of state” and touting his “remarkable and broad international experience.”
Rex Tillerson is an excellent choice for Secretary of State. Read my full statement here: https://t.co/Q6v9F9NXM7
— Condoleezza Rice (@CondoleezzaRice) December 13, 2016
It is not known at this time what Rice and Trump discussed today. We will update you further as this story develops.