Mitt Rom­ney still in the mix for Trump sec­re­tary of state

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — David Sherfin­ski

Pres­i­dent-elect Don­ald Trump said Wed­nes­day that for­mer Mas­sachusetts Gov. Mitt Rom­ney is still in the run­ning to be the next sec­re­tary of state and that the an­nounce­ment for the po­si­tion could come as early as next week.

“I think fairly close. I think next week will be the time that I an­nounce it, and I have some other big an­nounce­ments com­ing up to­day and ac­tu­ally to­mor­row,” Mr. Trump said on NBC’s “To­day” pro­gram.

Mr. Trump was read a list of po­ten­tial choices: Mr. Rom­ney, for­mer New York City Mayor Ru­dolph W. Gi­u­liani, for­mer CIA Di­rec­tor David Pe­traeus, Sen. Bob Corker of Ten­nessee and for­mer U.N. Am­bas­sador John R. Bolton.

He also de­nied that he was string­ing Mr. Rom­ney along in or­der to ul­ti­mately hu­mil­i­ate him for re­venge, say­ing the 2012 GOP pres­i­den­tial nom­i­nee is in­deed still in the run­ning for the job. Mr. Rom­ney was among the high­est-pro­file Repub­li­can crit­ics of Mr. Trump dur­ing the cam­paign.

“We’ve come a long way to­gether,” Mr. Trump said. “I’m able to put this stuff be­hind us.”

Rex Tiller­son, the head of ExxonMo­bil, is also re­port­edly in the run­ning. Mr. Trump said Mr. Tiller­son has built a “tremen­dous com­pany” over the years.

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