The former CIA Director and retired four star General David Petraeus is meeting Donal Trump in New York on Monday according to a senior Trump transition team official.
Bloomberg reports that President elect Donald Trump is considering Petraeus as a candidate for Secretary of State.
This meeting comes during a major riff in the Trump organization involving infighting between Trump’s advisers about who to pick for the post. The fact that Trump also considers former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, who is scheduled to meet with the president-elect again Tuesday, created a media and social network firestorm as well as a public outcry against Romney as Secretary of State. This outcry has been fueled by Trump’s own campaign manager, Kelly Ann Conway.
Conway, on Sunday’s Meet the Press, stated, “I’m just astonished at the breathtaking volume and intensity of blowback that I see against the possibility of Romney serving as the nation’s top diplomat.”
Also on her recent interview on CNN’s State of the Union interview, Conway goes on to elaborate her position on Romney.
“In the last four years, I mean, has he been around the globe doing something on behalf of the U.S. of which we’re unaware? Did he go and intervene in Syria where they’re having a massive humanitarian crisis? Has he been helpful to Mr. Netanyahu?” she asked, referring to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Petraeus comes with his own issues. He had left government under a cloud for sharing classified documents during an extramarital affair during his service under the Obama administration.
According to Bloomberg;
“Petraeus’s government career collapsed after revelations that he had an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, and shared classified documents with her. He resigned from the CIA in November 2012 and avoided a criminal trial by agreeing to a plea deal in April 2015. It required him to serve two years on probation and pay a $100,000 fine on a misdemeanor charge of unauthorized possession of classified information.”
Bloomberg states, “Since his departure from government, Petraeus has been teaching and working as chairman of the KKR Global Institute, which analyzes global trends for KKR & Co., the New York-based investment firm. The role took him around the globe to Asia, the Middle East and Latin America.”
Bloomberg reports that a top Trump transition official has said;
Many in Trump’s camp support having Petraeus fill the position. Trump is “inclined” to pick Petraeus, according to the official, yet he is weighing whether it’s a good idea to have two retired generals heading the State Department and Pentagon. General James Mattis has been under consideration to lead the Defense Department.”
— Doran Harader (@CDoranHarader) November 19, 2016
I’m sure Patraeus will make one hell of a secretary. Oh, I’m sorry, “Administrative Assistant.”https://t.co/lRUSdfSSgQ
— 1stSgt Trump (@1stSgtTrump) November 28, 2016
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