Pence: Trump ‘wants to take in all the options’ for secretary of State

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Vice President-elect Mike Pence said Tuesday that Donald Trump is examining all of his choices closely as he weighs several candidates for his secretary of State.

{mosads}”I think what you’re witnessing here is a leader in President-elect Donald Trump who wants to take in all the options,” Pence said Tuesday on Fox News’s “Hannity.” 

“I am absolutely confident that he is going to choose the right person in every single one of these cases that he believes is going to be best equipped to move his agenda forward and, more importantly, move the country forward.”

Pence said his first obligation is to bring together a broad range of people for the president-elect and his team to look through to “create that lineup that’s going to be able to move the Trump agenda forward.”

Trump had dinner Tuesday night with Mitt Romney, a potential pick for secretary of State, and incoming chief of staff Reince Priebus. Trump had already met with Romney once before.

After the meeting, Romney praised the president-elect as a man who can steer the country toward a better future. But Romney did not comment on reports that he is being considered for secretary of State.

Others reportedly under consideration for the job are former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former CIA Director David Petraeus and Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker.

Romney will talk with Trump again Wednesday, according to a Bloomberg News reporter, as will Petraeus, Giuliani, Corker and Marine Gen. John Kelly.

The 2012 GOP nominee was a strong critic of Trump during his presidential campaign. Trump has faced backlash over his consideration of Romney to serve in his administration.

Trump aide Kellyanne Conway has attacked Romney publicly, questioning whether he would be loyal and suggesting some Trump supporters would feel “betrayed” if Trump nominated someone who was so vehemently opposed to his campaign.

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) has also spoken out against Romney as a choice for secretary of State.

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