President-elect Donald Trump is leaning toward tapping Mitt Romney to be his secretary of state, but some on his team are urging him to pick former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, The Wall Street Journal reports.
The internal tug-of-war between supporters of the former Massachusetts governor and those pushing for the selection of former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, has delayed the selection, the Journal reported Tuesday, citing unnamed sources.
Trump surrogate Newt Gingrich said Monday he thought there were "huge advantages" to selecting Giuliani.
"I think that, if you want someone who is going to go out and be a very tough negotiator for America and represent American interest in the way that Trump campaigned, I think that probably Rudy is a better pick and has the right temperament," the former House Speaker said.
Trump is also likely to name retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to serve as secretary of defense, while South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley is the leading candidate to be the next ambassador to the United Nations, the Journal reported.
Trump spokesman Jason Miller told the Journal "absolutely no decision has been made" on secretary of state.
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