Trump Narrows Secretary Of State Field To Four In Celebrity Apprentice: White House Elimination Round

The Hill reports:

President-elect Donald Trump has narrowed the field of contenders for secretary of State to four candidates, his transition team said today. Spokesman Jason Miller confirmed that former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani (R) are still under consideration.

Miller would not reveal the names of the other two contenders, but it is widely believed that Trump is also considering retired Gen. David Petraeus and Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee for the job. Trump and Romney dined in public with Reince Priebus, Trump’s incoming chief of staff, on Tuesday night in New York City. It was Romney’s second meeting with Trump about becoming the nation’s top diplomat.

Romney’s consideration for the role, however, has caused turmoil within Trump’s inner circle. Giuliani, a longtime Trump confidante, covets the job. And Trump’s former campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, has openly campaigned against the Romney selection, saying it would anger Trump’s base of supporters.

  • AtticusP

    I’m just hoping that the Donald spares us the swimsuit competition…

  • madknits

    It’s just a game. He’s now on the biggest screen. What a fucking joke we’ve played on ourselves.

  • Do Something Nice

    He will pick whoever he believes to be the most loyal.

    • Lazycrockett

      Ghoulini. It was always going to be Ghoulini.

    • AtticusP

      Well if it’s loyalty he’s looking for, if the Trump’s have a dog, even he or she would be a better choice than Giuliani or Romney.

      • Uncle Mark

        Plus Giuliani is a big attention-whore. Trump is determined to be the only queen of this shit-show

      • Chucktech

        Apparently the fact that Trump has never had a dog is somewhat rankling to his heartland base. Jesus, there’s so much for them to learn about their new president. I’m sure it will be most enlightening for them.

        • boatboy_srq

          Considering how some of them treat dogs, this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

        • AtticusP

          I didn’t actually know that Trump has never had a dog.

          Makes sense though: the poor thing would probably have been hunted by Uday and Qusay Trump.

    • Oikos

      I think it might be Rmoney. Dump would love to control and humiliate him publicly over the long term.

      • Chucktech

        I hope you’re right. If it pisses off the Breitbart crowd and Giuliani wants it, I’m good with Mittens getting it.

        • boatboy_srq

          I’d actually prefer to see all tRump’s Make Ahmurrrrca White Great Again promises get hammered flat by SoS Giuliani’s ham-handed attempts at diplomacy. tRump can’t deliver what his team makes impossible.

          It wouldn’t be good for the US, but there’s good reason to believe nothing tRump does will be. See Indianapolis, and how tRump saved the Carrier plant – but not the bearings manufacturer a mile away.

          • Chucktech

            I hesitate to endorse anything that’s “bad” for my country, but I certainly agree with your point.

          • boatboy_srq

            The harm is already done: all that we can do is debate how it manifests.

          • Chucktech

            That’s hardly all we can do. We can also give our new President the same chance to succeed as was given to President Obama.

    • clay

      Corker was one of the first, and the few, to support him in Congress.
      And he’s actually somewhat qualified.

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  • Timothy Ward

    “Follow us on twitter, for the next exciting twist!”

    • Joe in PA

      “When we come back…after these commercial words…stay at a Trump hotel near you….”


  • Lazycrockett

    This tv reality shit won’t work for long. The majority of people don’t much care after the election and sure as shit aren’t bothering with his cabinet picks, while us wonks who love this kinda of thing is gonna get bored and see through his antics of wanting 24/7 attention.

  • PickyPecker

    Already tired of ‘White House Apprentice.’ BORING, DO NOT BUY! LOW ENERGY!

    • David Walker

      Really. Although I think they should provide phone numbers so we can vote for our choice.

      • TrollopeReader

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    • TrollopeReader

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  • SoCalGal20

    Excellent read. (Ian Millhiser is also a great person to follow on twitter – very informative).

  • bkmn

    Charles Blow pointed out on twitter that every single person in his cabinet opposes LGBT rights.

    • Gustav2

      I kept saying the plan is for Trump to say Obergefell is settled law, but any person or company may use a religious exemption to discriminate.

      • Lazycrockett

        His lack of opinion on gay rights period scares me.

        • Gustav2

          Most Republican polititians have at least one gay staffer, except the ones Trump is nominating. And while Pence was in the House, he made all female staffers leave at 5:00 so there would be no appearance of impropriety. (’cause naughty things only happen at night)

          • Lazycrockett

            Day Light Savings must be pure evil to him.

          • Gustav2

            It is the Devil’s work.

          • clay

            Daylight Savings Time IS pure evil– the sun says it’s noon, so it’s noon.

          • Gustav2

            LOL My faithful RC next door neighbor asked if we adjusted the sundial in the garden for DST.

            “NO! It is on God’s time!”

          • NancyP

            Indiana use of Daylight Savings time differs county by county.

          • Chucktech

            Well, they have to get home in time to make their husbands a home-cooked dinner, ya know…

          • NancyP

            I am surprised he even had female staffers. I assume that they were gofers and not policy analysts.

          • Gustav2

            Geez, someone has to answer the phones and make the coffee!

      • clay

        and just because he says it’s settled law, that he and his AG aren’t going to push against it, doesn’t bind Pence or a justice, or others (in HHS, Labor, Defense, etc.) from fucking people over.

        • Gustav2

          That’s why I have advised gay friends to make sure they have a medical power of attorney in addition to their marriage licenses.

        • NancyP

          ANYTHING Trump says is questionable. I assume the worst, given his tolerance and outright encouragement of violence during his rallies. I seem to be correct, based on the appointments so far.

      • Yes, probably. Some companies have already proposed giving different benefits to married spouses of opposite sexes v. same sex spouses. Likely this Administration will go along with that.

  • we’re still here

    Presumably Fabio or Barron will make the final decision…

  • boobert

    I think JMG is under attack. I got a few fake microsoft and chrome messages.

  • Michael R
  • Jerry

    Whoever wins this, I hope it’s someone who will be shunned by civilized nations. And in January, it will be time again to remove the US from the UN Human Rights Council (we were voted out when W was president).

  • Max_1

    Meanwhile, this happened yesterday…

    • BobSF_94117

      Absolutely pointless pandering. We should be talking about USING the EC to save the country.

      It’s never going to be repealed.

  • Max_1

    With Trump, you can count on the Sec. of State to be:
    1) Male
    2) White
    3) Authoritarian
    4) Xenophobic

  • fastlanestranger

    Now it’s time to really grovel, bitches.

  • Mike__in_Houston
    • Chucktech

      I hope they suffer. Stew in it, morons.

    • OdieDenCO

      but medicaid and Obama care are 2 different things /s

    • Max_1

      “Keep that Gubbermint out of my Medicare…”

    • boatboy_srq

      It will be interesting to see whether “this is what you voted for” will sink in. Two terms for Governor Voldemort says otherwise.

      • Mike__in_Houston

        Agreed 1,000 percent.

        • boatboy_srq

          FL was in shock after the first win and the proposed state agenda. Yet they went back to the pills and put him back in Tallahassee.

      • Gustav2


      • Butch

        It won’t sink in. They’ll look around for someone to blame – liberals, Democrats, “big gubbermint’ – and keep doing what they’re doing.

    • Moebym of the Rebel Alliance

      No refunds. No buybacks. You bought it, you keep it.

      Maybe this will teach you to stop buying the poison that’s slickly marketed to you as a panacea for all of your problems.

    • Cuberly

      These stories are going to be popping up all over.

  • Johnny Wyeknot

    Romney at least presents well. And if he pisses off the base, all the better

  • Butch

    So we probably have G.I. Luvmoney, Ghouliani, who is a walking conflict of interest, Petraeus, who DELIBERATELY gave state secrets to his biographer, and Corker. Wonderful.

    • Lazycrockett

      and lied about it to congress.

    • Gustav2

      Will Petraeus have to check in with his PO every time he leaves the country? He is still on probation.

    • clay

      Corker, who will be the SoS, chair the committee confirming the SoS, or chair the committee confirming himself as SoS.

      • Gustav2

        Silly, there are no conflicts of interest if you are a Republican.

      • Chuck in NYC

        Ah, yes. Bob Corker, who was called “pond scum” by the campaign manager for former Tennessee Senator Bill Frist. A man who once was pro-life but changed his position to “life beings at conception” in the 1990s when a Republican just couldn’t be pro-life. In other words, Corker, like so many of the other GOP members of the Senate and Congress, is a lying hypocrite.

  • JWC

    I thinkTrumpis enjoying this much as a sadist would enjoy pulling the wings off flies It assuages his fragile ego

  • FAEN

    I doubt Romney gets it. His meetings are nothing but an opportunity for Trump to humiliate him. My guess is Guiliana will the one left standing.

    Sky god help us.

  • Pollos Hermanos
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  • Joe in PA

    oooooh…ooooohhh…the suspense is killing me!


  • rextrek1

    this aint even Funny – its a TOTAL embarrassment to our nation……these people have elected a Pussy grabbing,,, disabled mocking, tax cheating, LIAR of ALL LIARS…..Pathetic America….and after Jan 20th, please refer to the WH as “THE WHITE TRASH HOUSE’ ..pass that meme along….

    • clay

      From “leader of the free world” to Italy flipping parliament every year or so.

  • joe ho
    • Earl

      Surprise, surprise, surprise…

    • KnownDonorDad

      To be fair, with Elaine Chao it’s through marriage (Mitch McConnell), and Nikki Haley has evolved somewhat. The rest are spot-on. I can’t find anything anti-LGBT about Steve Mnuchin on a quick search, and I’m hoping the picks for Defense and State will be sane. Hey, I’m trying my best.

  • joyzeeboy

    Let’s see… which of the candidates is from Slovenia and has the biggest tits?

    • andrew

      While Rudy is not from Slovenia, he probably has the biggest tits.

  • Skokieguy [Larry]

    Six days after Donald Trump won the presidential election, the federal
    government finalized a key step toward a tax subsidy worth as much as
    $32 million for a company that is owned by Trump, his daughter Ivanka,
    and two of his sons.

    Boy, I bet the cons are so glad they kept Crooked HIllary out of the White House.

  • bobbyjoe

    Which one’s the biggest bigot?

    That’s the one he’ll pick.

  • andrew

    IMO David Petraeus is the best of the four, followed by Mitt Romney, followed by neither of the other two.

  • BobSF_94117

    Miller would not reveal the names of the other two contenders

    What, is it Sweeps Week already?

  • Taylor

    I hear the final competition is an ass licking contest. The person with the longest and most agile tongue wins.

    • Theo McKinney

      Or which candidate has the most do-able chicks in the family…

  • Theo McKinney

    A Trump Sized Revenge for Mittens’ insolence?

    Scenario: Mittens gets the job of Secretary of State, and Trump sends him into war zones and angry muslim mob scenes in Iraq as often as possible, making sure to tweet something incendiary and embarrassing while Mittens is mittening abroad.

    That will show him who deserves to be PRESIDENT.