Monday, December 5, 2016
Trump widens Secretary of State search as Petraeus pleads his case
From USA Today by Gregory Corte --
President-elect Donald Trump is widening his search for a secretary of State after high-profile meetings with four top candidates failed to yield a decision last week.
"It is true that he's broadened the search, and the secretary of State is an incredibly important position for any president," Trump aide Kellyanne Conway told reporters at Trump Tower Sunday. "There is not a finite list of finalists only because he will interview with additional candidates early this week."
Last week, the transition team said the top diplomat's position had been "narrowed down" to four potential candidates: Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, retired Army general and former CIA director David Petraeus and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney.
Former United Nations ambassador John Bolton also met with Trump on Friday, and Vice President-elect Mike Pence included Bolton's name in a list of possible secretaries of State Sunday.