Earlier this week it was reported that Donald Trump was expanding his search for Secretary of State candidates, pushing Mitt Romney down from lead position on Trump’s list, and now it appears former CEO of Ford Alan Mulally might be up for the job.
Fox News is reporting that that Trump is scheduled to meet with Mulally later this afternoon for the Secretary of State cabinet position.
BREAKING: Trump to interview former Ford CEO Alan Mulally for secretary of state https://t.co/8xWIm5K0A7
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Fox reports that Trump’s spokesperson didn’t confirm the report, but did not deny it either during a press call. Trump considers Alan Mulally someone who is experienced in global trade issues and how to jump start our economy. Although Fox reports that the former Ford CEO may be in the running for Secretary of State, but it’s also possible he might be chosen for a more business related position within Trump’s administration.
Jason Miller, spokesperson for the Trump transition team, did not deny during a press call that his boss is considering Mulally for the job, noting that people meet with the President-elect for advice and to discuss cabinet positions but added, “Mr. Mulally is certainly someone who knows a lot about trade issues, the economy and what we do to get our manufacturing sector going again.”
Mulally, with his boyish looks, has a reputation as a straight-shooting CEO known for being one-step ahead of the U.S. government during the financial crisis. The Kansas native became the automaker’s CEO in 2006, taking over for family scion Bill Ford Jr., just as the U.S. auto industry began to implode.
In 2008, during the $80 billion dollar auto industry bailout, Mulally rejected a full bailout from the Obama administration but did accept a $5.9 billion loan from the government at the time. During a private event in September 2008 Mulally said, “Absolutely don’t think it’s a bailout. We haven’t decided the exact nature of it, but we think it’s going to be a loan at lower interest rates with the commitment to pay it back,” as reported by Wards AutoOpens a New Window..
Donald Trump said during his campaign that he was in contact with many leaders in the business world who were eager to help fix America’s economy and he would tap the potential of the private sector were he to be elected. It appears Trump is following through on that promise, as he has been putting together an impressive team of industry leaders who have been very effective in their previous business ventures.