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Newt Gingrich: ‘I Can Think of 20 Other People’ Who’d be Better Than Romney as Secretary of State [VIDEO]

Written by Philip Hodges

Senator Rand Paul isn’t the only one with concerns over Trump’s Secretary of State appointees. Republican leader and former presidential candidate Newt Gingrich also has concerns, but not for the same reasons as Senator Paul.

Gingrich said he’d be fine with John Bolton or Rudy Giuliani as Secretary of State, people whom Paul expressed concerns over. But it’s looking like it might end up being former Governor Mitt Romney who gets tapped to be the nation’s top diplomat. And that’s concerning to Gingrich. In fact, Gingrich said that he can think of 20 different people who’d be better suited for the job.

Here’s what he said when asked by Fox News’s Tucker Carlson:

“I would be concerned. One, the vast majority of Trump’s supporters would be very unhappy and would be reminded of all the things Romney said about him this year. And Two, because Romney does represent a very different viewpoint. I’m not sure whose Secretary of State he would be…

“Trump would really have to think through. Romney really wanted to be in the president-elect’s job. To what extent would Romney, once he became Secretary of State, would he represent himself going around the world. In the John Kerry tradition? Going from five-star hotel to five-star hotel, having nice gourmet dinners with foreign leaders. 

“To what extent would he represent the kind of tough-minded America-First policies that Trump has campaigned on? Trump needs someone at State who is very tough and very willing to take on foreign leaders and represent the United States of America…

“They apparently had a very good meeting… President-elect Trump deserves to have the team he wants… But I can think of 20 other people who would be more naturally compatible with the Trump vision of foriegn policy.”

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