The Trump administration is finalizing its nominees for the State Department, which will help it appoint the next secretary of state, a transition official said Monday.
The White House has yet to announce who the top four U.S. diplomats will be, but President Donald Trump has named the officials: Nikki Haley, the U.N. ambassador, and David Friedman, ambassador to China.
Trump has not announced who will be the deputy secretary of defense, which would run the Defense Department.
But a person familiar with the discussions said the White House is leaning toward a woman.
The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the deliberations.
Trump said Monday that the new administration would nominate “a very good person,” but did not elaborate.
“I’m going to get that person.
I’m going have them confirmed,” Trump said.
The nominees will face a grueling confirmation process that has been fraught with partisan and legal tensions.
In a news conference on Monday, Haley said the new president has asked her to consider “the needs of the people of South Carolina, including our military, as well as our veterans.”
“It’s my job to ensure that the President’s Cabinet and the President has the resources he needs to fulfill his agenda,” Haley said.
In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity last week, Trump said he was “proud” to nominate Haley to be his ambassador to the United Nations, calling her a “strong person” and “very good person.”
The appointment was viewed as a political statement by Haley, who has said that she does not support a U.K.-based Brexit.
Trump, who is considering his first foreign trip as president, had been mulling whether to nominate another person to lead the State Dept., and Haley’s name was floated as a potential candidate, as a possible contender for secretary of the Navy.
Haley was considered a contender to lead U.NS.
John Bolton, who served as Trump’s ambassador to South Korea during the George W. Bush administration, has long been considered a favorite to succeed Tillerson.