by Countable | 12.2.16
In the weeks following his victory in the presidential election, Donald Trump has been busy choosing candidates to fill Cabinet posts and occupy other significant roles for his administration. So far he has done so at a relatively quick pace compared to his predecessors, as recent presidents have typically made all of their Cabinet picks by the end of the year they were elected in.
But he has yet to fill one of tne of the most coveted jobs in the Cabinet — Secretary of State — which carries significant responsibility for running the State Dept. and managing America’s diplomatic relations with other nations. It also is technically the most prestigious role in the Cabinet as it falls behind only the Vice President and congressional leaders in the House and Senate in the presidential line of succession.
There are reportedly several candidates in the running, and while the Trump campaign has said an announcement will come next week at the earliest, it’s never too early to see who the contenders are and what experience they’d bring to being America’s top diplomat.
Romney, 69, was the Republican Party’s nominee for president in 2012 after serving as the Governor of Massachusetts for four years and a career spent running a successful private equity firm. His selection would signal a warming of relations between Romney and Trump, who he had called "a fraud" that would greatly diminish “the prospects for a safe and prosperous future.” However, the two have met on several occasions since then, which includes a recent dinner between the pair and White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus that was spotted by CNN journalist Jim Acosta who happened to be dining at the restaurant.
Petraeus, 64, was a highly decorated four-star general who served as the top commander of coalition forces in Iraq and Afghanistan for more than one year each, before serving as President Obama’s CIA Director for 14 months during his first term. He was forced to resign following the revelation that he had an extramarital affair with his biographer and gave her unauthorized access to classified documents.
Giuliani, 72, served as the Mayor of New York City for eight years after previously serving as a federal prosecutor for the U.S. District Court in southern New York. As a prosecutor, he tried noteworthy cases against the mafia. While mayor, he hired a police commissioner that applied the broken windows theory to reduce violent crime in the city, though some of the tactics used by NYC police such as "stop and frisk" have been criticized. Giuliani also unsuccessfully ran for the Republican Party’s presidential nomination in 2008.
Corker, 64, has served in the Senate since 2006 after serving as Chattanooga’s mayor and running construction and real estate companies. He became the chair of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee when the 114th Congress began in 2015, and has since introduced several significant pieces of legislation, including a bill that enhanced Congressional oversight of the Iran nuclear agreement. You can see his voting record here.
Tillerson 64, has been the CEO of ExxonMobil since 2006 and has spent much of his career working for the multinational oil and gas corporation (which is one of the most valuable companies in the U.S.). His consideration became news following a report from MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough and according to The Hill, his views on climate change could be an area of policy difference between Tillerson and Trump. Tillerson has stated his belief in man-made climate change, and Exxon has expressed support for the Paris climate agreement and a carbon tax, all of which differ from stances taken by Trump.
Bolton, 68, worked in the State Dept. during the administrations of both Presidents Bush prior to becoming UN Ambassador and serving in that role for 17 months under George W. Bush. Bolton was an early supporter of Trump’s candidacy, but could face a tough confirmation hearing. Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has said he’d "do whatever it takes" to stop his confirmation because of what he views as an overly-interventionist foreign policy stance. Paul is a swing vote on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee which will be tasked with considering Trump’s nominee.
— Eric Revell
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With the exclusion of Mitt Romney, all of these people are the exact opposite of what I would want in a Secretary of State. Mitt Romney can at least be expected to give respect to other national leaders.
I never thought I'd be hoping that Mitt Romney takes a prominent political office.
When progressives are slightly relieved with the thought of ROMNEY being Sec of State you know we've entered a problematic new era...he is the most rational qualified person on the list which in itself makes me sick. Petraeus would be a hypocritical joke re Hillarys emails and Giuliani is an even bigger joke gave paid speeches to terror organizations, other problematic business dealings on top of being a racist fascist.
Mitt Romney is the only rational choice.
Romney might be the only rational mind in the cabinet.
That's a lovely list of old white men. Way to keep the patriarchy strong!
They all suck
Trump isn't draining the swamp. He's making it bigger and murkier with worse creatures.
Have Trey Gowdy be the Secretary of State. He's a true conservative and won't take any bull honkey from anyone.
They all suck, but Romney sucks and kisses Trumps butt at the same time.
Mitt Romney for Secretary of State
I personally think John Bolton would be the best one to nominate! He strikes me as a true patriot. Please don't nominate Romney or Corker, Mr. Trump!! You've promised to drain the swamp, but you've already nominated some swamp critters. I think you need some Drāno clog remover!
Not a one good pick among them. Sorry to see, but not surprised.
Please pick Charles Manson
I greatly prefer Mitt Romney to be the new Secretary of State out of the six current candidates.
The Secretary of State position is key to diplomacy in this global world. Rex Tillerson is not a man that should be the face of the United States. Please, can't we have one qualified candidate on this fool's cabinet.
They're all so old!
Romney would be a good ambassador to the world .