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President-elect Donald Trump gives the thumbs up as he arrives at the Trump National Golf Club Bedminster clubhouse, Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016 in Bedminster, N.J.. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Trump takes meetings with potential Secretary of State candidates


By the end of Tuesday, President-elect Donald Trump and Vice President-elect Mike Pence will have met or had conversations with about 70 individuals about positions in a Trump administration, according to spokesman Sean Spicer.

Trump spokesman Jason Miller added there are no announcements expected today, though that could change. 

Over the Thanksgiving holiday, Fox News analyst K.T. McFarland was named Deputy National Security Advisor and campaign finance attorney Donald McGahn was named White House Council.

Trump still has not named his Secretary of State, one of the few high-profile foreign policy positions he has not filled. This week, Trump is meeting with a number of people who could be contenders for the job including:

  • Former CIA Director David Petraeus
  • Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
  • House Committee on Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas)
  • Former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-Mass.)
  • Former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani

Trump's campaign manager Kellyanne Conway doesn't want Mitt Romney as Sec. of State.

Meeting with Clarke, Steward

Trump is meeting today with Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke and businessman David Steward. Clarke, a surrogate for Trump during the campaign, is an African-American and registered Democrat who might be being considered to run the Department of Homeland Security. 

Steward is the founder of World Wide Technology, the largest black-owned industrial/service company according to Black Enterprise. According a person with knowledge of the meeting, Steward expects to discuss minority business with Trump.

Trump will also meet Monday with: 

  • Fran Townsend, former Homeland Security advisor to President George W. Bush
  • Sandeep Mathrani, CEO of General Growth Properties Inc.
  • Paul Atkins, former SEC commissioner
  • Kathleen White of the Texas Public Policy Foundation
  • Scott Pruitt, the Attorney General of Oklahoma
  • John Allison, former president of the Cato Institute

So far, Trump's transition team has announced that on Tuesday Trump will meet with:

  • Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.)
  • Pete Hegseth, former CEO Concerned Veterans of America
  • Marion Blakey, president and CEO of Rolls Royce America
  • Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.)
  • Rep. Mike McCaul (R-Texas)
  • Rep. Lou Barletta (R-Penn.)

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