President-elect Trump’s Cabinet choices are being widely disseminated and scrutinized. Some have been real crowd-pleasers, like the selection of retired Marine General James Mattis for Secretary of Defense. Others have been more obscure. And then there’s the short list for Secretary of State.
Up until now, the “short list” consisted of four candidates: Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani, Senator Bob Corker (R-TN), and former General David Petraeus. And none of those men drew the wild excitement of a “Mad Dog” Mattis.
Romney, who had dinner with Trump last week, had a largely contentious relationship with Donald Trump throughout the election, and he’s not exactly beloved by the people turning out for the Trump rallies. Giuliani was a Trump supporter, but I don’t think that anyone would have considered foreign policy to be his strong suit. Corker is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, but is largely unknown outside of his home state. And then there’s Petraeus, who has a HUGE load of baggage of his own. After his disastrous outing on “This Week” on Sunday morning, there seems to be a shift happening in the Trump apparatus. Kellyanne Conway confirmed that the list of candidates for Secretary of State is expanding.
“It is true that [Trump] has broadened the search,” she told reporters at Trump Tower in New York City. “He continues to talk to different people. I think you’ve all seen the list before that already existed. I think there’ll be additional interviews with other candidates.”
While Conway declined to confirm other names being considered, the ones floating around are former Utah governor and ambassador to China Jon Huntsman, Exxon CEO Rex Tillerson, and former UN Ambassador John Bolton.