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Pence: Romney ‘under active consideration’ for secretary of state

Mitt Romney talks to media after meeting with

Mitt Romney talks to media after meeting with President-elect Donald Trump at Trump National Golf Club Bedminster in Bedminster, N.J., Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. Credit: AP / Carolyn Kaster

Mitt Romney is “under active consideration” among several candidates for the post of secretary of state in Donald Trump’s incoming administration, Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Sunday.

Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani also is being weighed for the position among “other things,” Trump, the president-elect, told reporters Sunday outside the Bedminster, New Jersey, country club where he was conducting interviews for Cabinet appointments for the second day.

Trump added later that he has not yet decided to whom he would offer the secretary of state appointment.

Romney, a former Massachusetts governor and the 2012 Republican presidential nominee who was openly critical of Trump this cycle, had met with Trump and Pence on Saturday. Trump’s transition team said the trio held an in-depth conversation about “world affairs, national security and the future of America.”

Commenting across the aisle, Trump complimented new Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer in a tweet that doubled as a slam at the New York senator’s predecessor, Harry Reid of Nevada.

He tweeted that he has “always had a good relationship with Chuck Schumer. He is far smarter than Harry and has the ability to get things done. Good news!”

Schumer said Trump must deliver on his promises to working-class Americans and that Democratic lawmakers will cooperate with him on those proposals.

Schumer told “Meet the Press” that he was aligned with Trump on issues that will benefit blue-collar America, including trade proposals such as the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, legislation to boost investment in infrastructure, and the closing of the carried-interest loophole.

But he told “Fox News Sunday” that the Democrats will fight Trump “tooth and nail” if he attempts to repeal Obamacare as promised.

Conservative radio talk show host Laura Ingraham, also on “Fox News Sunday,” acknowledged that she was under consideration to become Trump’s White House press secretary, and Pence confirmed on the show that retired Marine Gen. James Mattis is up as a possible secretary of defense.

In addition to Giuliani, Trump met separately Sunday in Bedminster with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Hollywood talent agent Ari Emanuel, whose brother, Rahm, is the Democratic mayor of Chicago and former chief of staff to President Barack Obama.

Meanwhile, on NBC’s “Meet the Press,” Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman who was chosen to be Trump’s chief of staff, would not rule out a registry of Muslims in the United States — a proposal that has elicited considerable criticism as discrimination.

“Look, I’m not going to rule out anything, but we’re not going to have a registry based on a religion,” Priebus said. “But what I think we’re trying to do is say that there are some people — certainly not all people . . . there are some people that are radicalized and there are some people that have to be prevented from coming into this country.”


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