President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team is torn between candidates for secretary of state. Trump stated that he is continuing to work on the transition today. Trump’s transition has been fraught with controversy as he has announced his appointments. His pick for Secretary of State is also causing much debate within Trump’s inner circle.
According to CBS News correspondent Errol Barnett,
“The current fight on the transition team is over who will lead the state department. It’s a question that has Mr. Trump’s inner circle bitterly divided.”
One of the more notable candidates is former Presidential candidate Mitt Romney. Apparently, Romney is one of the main sources of contention in Trump’s transition team. Kellyanne Conway, Trump’s former campaign manager has publicly urged Trump not to choose Romney because of his past criticism of Mr. Trump.
The Fight Over Romney
There have also been other prominent Trump supporters who do not favor Mitt Romney for secretary of state. These include Mike Huckabee, Chief Strategist Stephen Bannon, and Newt Gingrich.
Both Romney and Trump were at odds during the Republican primaries. Both lashed out with attacks against each other.
Here’s Romney on Trump:
“He’s playing the members of the American public for suckers. He gets a free ride to the White House, and all we get is a lousy hat.”
Here’s Trump on Romney:
“The last election should’ve been won, except Romney choked like a dog. He choked. He went, “I can’t breathe!”
The other candidates on the list for Secretary of State are former CIA Director David Petraeus, Senator Bob Corker, and former Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
Rudy Giuliani VS Mitt Romney
According to the New York Times, the most prominent debate among Trump’s advisors is between Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani. Those who are concerned about Rudy Giuliani as Secretary of State have cited Giuliani’s ties to foreign business. They fear that these ties could cause a lengthy confirmation battle. The advisors who fear Mitt Romney for Secretary of State have expressed a concern about his potential loyalty to Mr. Trump because of Romney’s past criticism of the President-elect.
While Mr. Trump has had complimentary things to say about both candidates, it’s well-acknowledged that it’s nearly impossible to read Trump on this issue. His advisors admit that Trump can change his mind at any minute, so it’s anyone’s guess as to which candidate he will choose.