President-elect Donald Trump is widening search for selecting his secretary of state, as more suitable candidates are reported to be meeting him this week for the same position.
The search for secretary of state have been reported to be between the former New York mayor and Donald Trump close ally during his campaign, Rudy Giuliani, and also former presidential candidate, Mitt Romney.
Trump adviser, Kellyanne Conway told reporters on Sunday;
There is not a finite list of finalists only because he will interview with additional candidates early this week. It is true that he's broadened the search, and the secretary of State is an incredibly important position for any president.
Aides have claimed that the shortlist for the position had been narrowed to four candidates, but Donald Trump is reported to be moving is choices away from both Mitt Romney and Rudy Giuliani.
Former CIA Director David Petraeus, who pleaded guilty to leaking classified information in 2015, would have to check with his parole officer before he could be named secretary of state.
Rex Tillerson, ExxonMobil CEO and retired Navy Admiral James G. Stavridis have also got an invitation to meet Trump. John Bolton, former ambassador to the UN, and Jon Huntsman, former ambassador to China, are also considered for the position.
Mitt Romney has been criticized by both Trump's supporters and his inner circle. A recent "Thank You" tour by Trump at Ohio see his supporting chanting, "No Romney." The former presidential candidate was a harsh critic of Donald J. Trump, saying he would be the worst president of the United States during his campaign.
Rudy Giuliani plea for the position in public media and his different International business ties does not want Trump to consider him for the job. According to New York times, Giuliani gave paid speeches to an Iranian opposition group that was also on the state department list of terrorist organization until 2012.
He also gave paid speeches as much as $200,000, which earns him $11.4 million in a year. Also, he is reported to have a business contract with the Qatar government.
Donald Trump during his campaign had criticized his rival, Hillary Clinton for giving paid speeches to Goldman Sachs and for receiving donations via the Clinton foundation from the government of Qatar.