Report: Jon Huntsman Being Considered For Secretary of State
Romney, Giuliani, and Petraeus are reportedly still being considered
Rumors of rumors abound when it comes to the President-elect Trump’s cabinet. The latest, apparently, is that former governor Jon Huntsman (R-UT) is now being considered for Secretary of State, with the added whisper that Romney and Giuliani are still contenders but perhaps no longer frontrunners.
The short list reportedly also includes General Petraeus and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN).
Sources tell CNN @JonHuntsman also under consideration for Secretary of State (along with Romney Giuliani Petraeus & Corker)
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 4, 2016
Word of Huntsman being added to the Secretary of State shortlist dropped while Trump was attending a costume party.
Honoring the ultimate hero at the Mercer "Heroes and Villians" party on Long Island. Crowd thrilled w/ surprise! pic.twitter.com/VQAyaKvs6i
— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) December 4, 2016
According to two people close to the transition, Trump is moving away from two of the front-runners for the job, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and Mitt Romney, the 2012 GOP nominee. Giuliani’s international business ties and public campaigning for the job are said to have rankled Trump. And while Trump has met twice with Romney, he’s said to be aware of the risks of angering his supporters by tapping a Republican who was among his fiercest critics.
Former CIA director David Petraeus is still in the mix, though both people close to the transition said Trump’s prolonged decision-making process has left the door open to other options.
One of the sources said Trump was open to expanding his short list of secretary of State prospects. Among the possibilities: Jon Huntsman, a former Republican Utah governor who also served as the ambassador to China and speaks Mandarin.
The people close to the transition insisted on anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the private process publicly.
This is still in the realm of I heard that someone heard someone say, so . . . .
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Well, that’s not draining the swamp! Huntsman is as much GOPe as any.