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Giuliani would be ‘a disastrous pick’ for secretary of state

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani

Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani would be "a disastrous pick" for the US secretary of state in the upcoming Donald Trump administration, according to Joe Scarborough, an American author, political commentator and former politician.

The MSNBC host and former GOP congressman from Florida said in a tweet that Giuliani is "neither qualified nor capable of effectively holding the position." He further wrote Giuliani is “dreadfully unprepared to be America's Sec State.”

“Selecting Rudy Giuliani as Sec State would overshadow any selections Donald Trump has made. After this week, that is especially true,” he said in another tweet in a thinly veiled reference to Trump’s recent controversial picks of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, known as “Mad Dog”, for secretary of defense, and retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn for national security adviser.

“Giuliani could effectively serve as Secretary DHS or another position,” Scarborough wrote, but added that "the search should continue" for secretary of state.

Trump’s top adviser, Kellyanne Conway, on Friday identified the four candidates on the president-elect’s list for secretary of state.

“We publicly have said there are probably four people right now that have been the narrowed down choices,” Conway said.

She named 2012 Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney, former CIA director and retired General David Petraeus, Senator Bob Corker, and Giuliani.

US President-elect Donald Trump (L) dines with Mitt Romny (R) at Jean-Georges restaurant at Trump International Hotel and Tower, Tuesday, November 29, 2016 in New York. (Photo by AFP)

In an interview with Fox News on Friday, Trump suggested that “almost all” of his Cabinet picks will be revealed next week. Conway, however, said the decision “can’t be rushed.”

“It’s an important decision,” said Conway. “And it can’t be rushed because some in the media want a story that day or think he should be forming a Cabinet at that hour.”

According to reports, Trump is actively considering Romney, one of his fiercest critics, as secretary of state.


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