In May, Trump praised Haass to "Morning Joe" co-hosts Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough.
"I respect Richard Haass, who's on your show a lot," Trump told the MSNBC hosts, The New York Times reports. "And I like him a lot. I have a few people that I really like and respect."
Haass and Trump also met privately in 2015 to discuss global issues, NPR reports.
"I've spent an hour with him there," he said. "I've seen him a few times on and off at golf courses."
Head of the CFR for #2 job at STATE ? Now that’s a really bad idea. https://t.co/Qpf2JQL9oy— Roger Stone (@RogerJStoneJr) 18 December 2016