President-elect Donald Trump’s aides are focusing on former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton as the leading candidates to be the next secretary of state, two people familiar with the process said, the Wall Street Journal reports.
For Mr. Trump, it is a choice between a longtime friend and ally in New York, Mr. Giuliani, and a hawkish conservative diplomat who called last year for the U.S. to bomb Iran, Mr. Bolton. A final decision could be several weeks away, these people said, and other candidates could still emerge.
An AP source reports tonight that Giuliani is the favorite. An official who spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity says that “there’s no real competition for the job and that it’s the former New York mayor’s if he wants it.”
The WSJ reports that deliberations over personnel in the new administration are expected to quicken on Tuesday when the transition team’s newly installed chairman, Vice President-elect Mike Pence, arrives at Mr. Trump’s New York headquarters. Mr. Pence, the governor of Indiana, spent Monday in Florida, where he was the keynote speaker for the Republican Governors Association.