Major Names Added to List of Trump's Possible Secretary of State

Sources say Mitt Romney and David Petraeus are being considered
By Michael Harthorne,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 17, 2016 3:48 PM CST
Sources Say Trump Considering Romney, Petraeus for Secretary of State
Donald Trump is reportedly meeting with Mitt Romney this weekend to discuss the secretary of state position.   (Don Campbell/The Herald-Palladium via AP)

Thursday saw several new high-profile names added to the list of prospective secretaries of state under President Trump. One of those names is former CIA director and US army general David Petraeus, reports the Guardian, citing several sources. Petraeus resigned as CIA director in November 2012 after the FBI found out he was sleeping with his biographer and sharing classified information with her. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in connection with improper handling of classified information. Sources say Petraeus is very interested in returning to public service, and he appears optimistic about Trump. "Perhaps he can do something in Washington that the political insiders ... have been unable to do," Petraeus said in a recent interview.

The other major figure sources say is suddenly in the running for secretary of state is Mitt Romney, CNBC reports. Trump and Romney are said to be meeting this weekend to discuss the position. During the campaign, Romney called Trump a "phony" and "fraud" whose election could lead to "trickle-down racism," according to CNN. He was involved in the hunt for a third-party candidate to run against Trump and Clinton. For his part, Trump called Romney a loser who "choked like a dog" against Obama in 2012. Other possibilities for secretary of state under Trump include Rudy Giuliani and South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley. Meanwhile, McClatchy reports Newt Gingrich—previously rumored for a number of important posts in Trump's cabinet—says he won't be taking any official position in the administration. (More Donald Trump stories.)

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