President Barack Obama and former Republican challenger Mitt Romney met for lunch at the White House on Thursday, according to a statement from the White House.
Obama and Romney, who was said to congratulate the president, focused “on America’s leadership in the world and the importance of maintaining that leadership position in the future,” the White House said.
“They pledged to stay in touch, particularly if opportunities to work together on shared interests arise in the future,” it added.
During the private lunch, the two ate turkey chili and a grilled chicken salad.
White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said Wednesday that Romney’s “record” and “ideas” could be “very helpful,” according to a transcript.
A reporter questioned Carney about whether Obama would extend a cabinet offer to Romney in the U.S. Commerce Department, but Carney said there is no “specific assignment in mind” for him. He also said Obama had an interest in making the federal government more efficient.
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