President-elect Donald Trump on Friday selected Goldman Sachs President and COO Gary Cohn to be the director of the National Economic Council. Cohn will be the third person in Trump's White House to have ties to Goldman Sachs, following Trump's choice of former Goldman Sachs partner Steven Mnuchin for treasury secretary and his appointment of Stephen Bannon, who worked for the bank in the 1980s, as chief strategist. In the post, Cohn will help Trump dictate global economic policy. Also Friday, Trump tapped Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers (R-Wash.) to be his secretary of the interior, where she will be charged with advancing Trump's pro-fossil fuel agenda. Meanwhile, former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani on Friday said on Fox News that he withdrew from consideration for secretary of state last month; contenders rumored to be still in the running for the nation's top diplomatic job include Tennessee Sen. Bob Corker, retired Gen. David Petraeus, ExxonMobil CEO Rex Tillerson, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.
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