Over the holiday an internal debate emerged over whether to choose Mitt Romney or Rudy Giuliani for Secretary of State.
But Team Trump is downplaying the report and floating three additional names on the short list for the impending announcement.
Here’s more from Newsmax:
The list of potential secretaries of state to serve in Donald Trump’s administration now stands at five, and the transition team is reportedly still trying to decide who would be a better fit.
Through spokesman Jason Miller, the team downplayed an alleged internal dispute on whether to choose former presidential candidate Mitt Romney or former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, The Hill reports.
With the search for America’s top diplomat ongoing, however, Trump is adding names to his shopping cart as he seeks the best person for the job.
Besides Romney, who was opposed to Trump’s candidacy, and Giuliani, Marine Gen. John F. Kelly, retired Gen. and former CIA director David Petraeus, and Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) are in the running for the job, The New York Times reports.
Corker has served in the Senate since 2007 and for the last two years has chaired the Foreign Relations Committee. He told CNBC last week he’s “had some conversations” with Trump’s transition team about the secretary of state job.
Giuliani has been on the list of potential secretaries of state since around the Nov. 8 election, with others such as former U.S. Ambassador to the U.N. John Bolton being mentioned as well.
Romney’s place on the list, however, raised eyebrows because he was so strongly against Trump running for president.
In March, Romney said this about the real estate mogul: “Dishonesty is Trump’s landmark.”