Since he won the presidential election just one month ago, Donald Trump has wasted no time in preparing for his transition into the White House next January.
He has rearranged his staff, floated several possible appointments — and gotten some strong reactions on both sides, and even met with several people who were less than friendly to him during the campaign.
It does make a certain amount of sense for some — particularly within the Republican party — to extend the olive branch, bury the hatchet, and try to get along with the president-elect. But Sean Hannity cautioned Trump to be wary during his Wednesday monologue:
The political elites of Washington are not President-elect Donald Trump's friends and they never will be.
Trump, has been meeting with the likes of Mitt Romney, Chicago Mayor Rahm “Rambo dead fish” Emanuel and even Al Gore. My advice to the president-elect tonight is, be very careful.
Hannity was specifically critical of Republican Mitt Romney, who is reportedly being considered for Secretary of State:
In the case of Romney, Trump should remember all of the vicious, nasty and horrible things the 2012 GOP presidential nominee said about him earlier this year when he sought to sabotage Trump’s campaign.
“If we Republicans choose Donald Trump as our nominee, the prospects for a safe and prosperous future are greatly diminished,” Romney said. “Now, Donald Trump tells us that he is very, very smart. I'm afraid that when it comes to foreign policy, he is very, very not smart.
“Dishonesty is Donald Trump's hallmark,” Romney continued, before calling Trump “a phony, a fraud,” whose “promises are as worthless as a degree from Trump University.”
Mr. Trump, do you really want him in your Cabinet?
He also cautioned Trump to take care when befriending those in the opposing party, such as the current president, who Trump says he has gotten to know since the election:
"I've now gotten to know President Obama, I really like him. We have, I think I can say at least for myself — I can't speak for him, but we have a really good chemistry together. We talk. He loves the country. He wants to do right by the country and for the country. And I will tell you, we obviously very much disagree on certain policies and certain things, but you know, I really like him as a person.”
But Hannity warned Trump that such relationships, especially in Washington, are not genuine. Obama, just weeks ago, spoke of Trump in the following manner:
"This is somebody who's spent 70 years on this earth showing no respect for working people. This is somebodies who vilifies minorities, vilifies immigrants, vilifies people of Muslim faith. If you disrespect women before you are elected president, you will disrespect women when you're in office.”
Hannity concluded by referencing the sage advice of two former presidents: Harry Truman — “If you want a friend in Washington, get a dog” — and Ronald Reagan — “Trust, but verify.”