U.S. President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney after their meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
Wall Street Journal: Mitt Romney Leads Donald Trump’s Picks for Secretary of State
President-elect leans toward the former governor but advisers’ tug of war delays decision.
President-elect Donald Trump is leaning toward asking former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney to be his secretary of state, according to people familiar with the deliberations.
The next U.S. president is also likely to name retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to serve as secretary of defense in his administration, and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley was picked to serve as the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, two people familiar with the matter said, awarding the rising Republican star with a key diplomatic post. And former presidential rival Ben Carson has been asked to consider leading the Department of Housing and Urban Development, according to Carson spokesman Armstrong Williams.
Delaying Mr. Trump’s decision about secretary of state is an internal tug of war between supporters of Mr. Romney, and those urging the selection of former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani. A third group is pressing the president-elect to keep searching for candidates.
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WNU Editor: I will be surprised if he still chooses Mitt Romney for Secretary of State .... but then again .... I never expected him to give South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley the post of U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations .... Gov. Nikki Haley Accepts Trump Offer to Be Ambassador to United Nations: Source (NBC). As for former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani (who will be working in the Trump administration) .... I am reading more and more reports that he will be the next National Director of Intelligence .... Conway: Giuliani 'possibly' tapped for national intelligence director (Politico).