Trump steps up search for Secretary of State

He was to meet with the former head of the CIA

Trump steps up search for Secretary of State

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President-elect Donald Trump is continuing to build his cabinet, with a focus on finalising his Secretary of State.

Mr Trump was due to meet former head of the CIA and retired general David Petraeus today in a new round of interviews.

Once the top US military commander in Iraq and Afghanistan, Petraeus was sentenced to two years' probation and fined $100,000 last year for the unauthorised removal and retention of classified information.

He admitted he shared classified information with his biographer, with whom he was having an affair. The scandal forced his resignation from the CIA in 2012.

US Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani are also in the mix for the job of America's top diplomat, Trump aides say.

"He’s going to pick the person that he thinks will do the absolutely best job," Trump spokesperson Jason Miller said.

Mr Petraeus is also be considered for the position of secretary of defense. 

Tomorrow, Mr Trump is to meet former critic Mitt Romney for the second time, as he is also being considered for a cabinet position.

US Senator Bob Corker of Tennessee, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani are also in the mix for the job of America's top diplomat, Trump aides say.

Trump arrived back in New York on Sunday after several days in Florida for Thanksgiving. He caused a stir on Sunday when he alleged on Twitter that “serious voter fraud” had occurred in the presidential election in New Hampshire, Virginia, and California - states won by Clinton - but provided no evidence to back his assertion.