Giuliani, Bolton leading candidates for next US secretary of state

Reuters Washington, United States Nov 15, 2016, 02.56 AM(IST)

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Former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani has emerged as a leading candidate to be Republican President-elect Donald Trump's secretary of state, a source familiar with the situation said on Monday.

The source said John Bolton, who served as US ambassador to the United Nations under President George W Bush, was also under consideration to head the State Department.

Besides Giuliani and Bolton, former US House of Representatives speaker Newt Gingrich has also been reported as a possible secretary of state.

Giuliani, a vocal supporter of Trump during his presidential campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton, had previously been reported as a candidate for attorney general.