Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton, known for his hawkish approach to foreign policy and his call for the U.S. to bomb Iran, is reportedly one of the top candidates to fill the position as Donald Trump's secretary of state.
Bolton's aggressive stance toward Russia and Iran has made him many enemies in the Democratic Party, notes the Huffington Post. Two sources close to Trump's transition team told the media outlet that Trump is considering others but leaning toward Bolton for the position.
The conservative diplomat has worked in three different Republican administrations between 1998 and 2006, though his stances toward foreign affairs would stand in stark contrast to Trump's, who has expressed interest in peaceful approaches to international conflicts, particularly with Russia and the country's involvement in Syria and Iran.
"I think we've got to begin to treat Russia like the adversary that Putin is currently demonstrating it to be," Bolton told Fox News in 2014, according to the Post.
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The former ambassador wrote in a 2013 Wall Street Journal op-ed that Putin was "ardently pursuing Russia's Middle East objectives" and said it is incorrect to assume that the U.S. and Russia have common interests in Syria, while Trump has suggested allowing Russia to take over the fight against ISIS and has shared friendly words with Russian President Vladimir Putin since becoming the president-elect on November 8, according to ABC News.
Trump is reportedly also considering Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee as the nation's top diplomat, and a source told the Post that Corker could become the next secretary of state if he and enough Republicans vocally campaign for it.
According to the Wall Street Journal, the president-elect also has his eye on former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, though Trump's longtime friend has expressed hesitance toward accepting it.
"I have a very, very full life," Giuliani told ABC on November 13, notes the Journal. "So it would have to be something where I felt he really needed me and—not that I'd be the only one that could do it, but maybe that I could do it a little bit different or a little bit better than somebody else."
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Sources told the Journal that Trump could hold off on making the final decision for several weeks.