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Who’s lining up to be Secretary of State, the GOP divide over the choice and other cabinet considerations

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(L to R) Vice president-elect Mike Pence, President-elect Donald Trump and Mitt Romney leave the clubhouse after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016. Drew Angerer/Getty Images

Speculation surrounding who President-elect Donald J. Trump will choose as Secretary of State continues to heat up this week after we learned last week of a divide within the party over who that person should be.

The Republican establishment is pushing for former Massachusetts governor and 2012 GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to be Secretary of State, though his supporters cite his sharp criticism of Mr. Trump during the campaign cycle as a question mark when it comes to Romney’s loyalty. On Friday, it was reported that some on Trump’s transition team want Romney to publicly apologize for criticizing Trump during the election if he wants the job.

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani’s name has also surfaced in Secretary of State talks, though his critics argue that Giuliani’s involvement with foreign businesses could make it hard to get him confirmed, and others say the travel-heavy job would be difficult for Giuliani, given his age and vitality. California Congressman Dana Rohrabacher (R-Coronado) also says he’s under consideration for the job and is directing his supporters to a Breitbart online poll about potential Secretary of State picks to show their support.

Who do you think President-elect Trump should choose as Secretary of State? What do you like or dislike about Romney or Giuliani as choices? We’ll dive into these questions with our political experts, plus take a look at others being considered for cabinet positions.


John Iadarola, host and creator of ThinkTank, part of The Young Turks Network; he also serves as a weekly co-host for The Young Turks weekly live show; he tweets @johniadarola

Sean T. Walsh, Republican political analyst and partner at Wilson Walsh Consulting in San Francisco

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