All of Washington wants to know who will be the Secretary of State in a Donald Trump administration after his campaign manager Kellyanne Conway waged on all out air and tweet war on one of the candidates for the job, Mitt Romney. Conway questioned his loyalty to the incoming President since the 2012 GOP presidential nominee had made cutting personal remarks about Trump during the primaries. She noted Trump loyalists would be angry over the selection of Romney and even questioned whether the former Massachusetts governor was qualified for the job.
Yet, Romney is having dinner with the President elect on Tuesday night. While Trump, a former reality show star, has said that he likes that Romney looks the part, it is thanks to Jared Kushner that he’s still in the mix. Kushner, who is married to Ivanka Trump, favors Romney for the job. His opinion carries extra weight for this nomination because Trump has already suggested in an interview with the New York Times that Kushner could be tasked with making peace between the Palestinians and Israelis. Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has been openly campaigning for the job and is seemingly owed some kind of position for endorsing Trump earlier than most, but has not succeeded in securing the nomination. Kushner, who seems to have Trump’s ear, has pushed back against his nomination over fears that Giuliani’s international business dealings would make the confirmation process contentious.
A dark horse in the race may yet win the sweepstakes for Secretary of State. Disgraced General David Petraeus talked with Trump at Trump Tower for an hour on Monday. The general’s selection seems unlikely due to his guilty plea over the mishandling of classified information. It would also prompt charges of hypocrisy since Trump led chants of “Lock Her Up” on the campaign trail over Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information with her private email server. Senator Bob Corker, who is chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, will arrive at Trump Tower on Tuesday to talk about the position with the President-elect. Former UN ambassador John Bolton seems to have lost his earlier momentum for the job.
Time will tell if blood is thicker than water for Trump.