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Former Ford CEO possible candidate for secretary of State: report

Former Ford CEO possible candidate for secretary of State: report

Former Ford CEO Alan Mulally is under consideration to serve as secretary of State, Fox News reported.

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Mulally will be meet Thursday with President-elect Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpThe Guardian slams Trump over comments about assault on reporter Five takeaways from the first North Dakota Senate debate Watchdog org: Tillerson used million in taxpayer funds to fly throughout US MORE. Trump spokesman Jason Miller on Thursday described Mulally as someone who "has substantial executive experience overseeing large, multi-national companies."

"When he ran Ford, it was the only company not to receive a federal bailout," Miller told reporters Thursday.

Miller declined to say exactly what the president-elect and Mulally would discuss during the meeting.

"A number of folks coming through are giving advice and pointers to the administration both on policy issues, including growing the economy and trade," Miller said. 

"And some folks are coming through specifically to talk about cabinet position, administration positions. As par for the course, we have not been announcing on the front end the exact context that folks are coming in ... it would be too premature to go out and qualify it on the front end."
 
He added that the former Ford CEO is knowledgeable about "trade issues, the economy and what to do to get the manufacturing sector going again."

Trump has been meeting recently with several candidates for the position of secretary of State.

He has been facing criticism for his consideration of Mitt Romney to serve in the post. Romney was a strong critic of the president-elect during his presidential campaign.

Other candidates for the position include former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) and retired Gen. David Petraeus. In recent days, Trump has expanded the field to include former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman and ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson.

On Tuesday, MSNBC's "Morning Joe" reported that the field for secretary of State candidates was "wide open," although Romney was at the top of the president-elect's list.