On Monday, president-elect Donald Trump met with former CIA director David Petraeus. This is interesting because according to a senior official, Trump considers the retired General for the post of secretary of state. This would mean that the public infighting between Trump’s advisers is actually in vain. The president-elect might have already chosen the man for the job.
Trump declared himself impressed
“Just met with General Petraeus — was very impressed!”
This is what Donald Trump wrote on Twitter right after their Trump Tower meeting ended. Petraeus also said only good words. According to him, Trump
“Showed a great grasp of a variety of the challenges that are out there and some of the opportunities as well. So a very good conversation, and we’ll see where it goes from here.”
David Petraeus is a general with four stars. He actually left the American government at a controversial time. Supposedly, he shared some classified documents during an affair he had with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, outside his marriage. Now, it seems like he is about to make a comeback in politics, if we are to believe that Trump is really considering him for secretary of state. Still, there might be one little problem. On the day of the meeting, the Department of Defense announced the investigation of an incident which might have something to do with the former CIA director’s resignation back in 2012. So Petraeus is not yet completely in the clear and this might affect his chances.
The anti-Mitt Romney movement
Donald Trump also considers former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney for secretary of state. They will also be meeting on Tuesday to discuss. The problem here is that there are a lot of people against Romney, including Trump’s senior adviser Kellyanne Conway. She even went on public television on Sunday to talk against him and his dubious political behavior. According to her, he is completely disinterested in the affairs of the country. In her opinion, he is not the right person for the position of U.S.’ first diplomat. Conway also said that it is amazing how many people do not like him and agree with her opinion instead.
Secretary of State Petraeus
As for David Petraeus, many people in Trump’s camp are supporting him, according to some rumors. A transition official revealed that the president-elect is also “inclined” towards Petraeus. The only thing that bothers Trump is reportedly the prospect of having two former generals in charge of both the State Department and the Pentagon. Donald Trump is also considering General James Mattis for the leading post at the Defense Department.
During the presidential campaign, Trump was asked if the fact that a future secretary of state might still be on criminal probation would affect his chances. Donald Trump answered that what Petraeus has one is zero compared to what Hillary Clinton has done. She was accused of sharing classified information on a private server. He called this a “conspiracy” against the people of America which needed to be stopped. Let’s see if he will indeed stop it, now that he is president.
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