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Trump Meets With Petraeus Amid Secretary Of State Talks

| by Lauren Briggs

President-elect Donald Trump met with retired Gen. David Petraeus on Nov. 28, reportedly to interview him for the secretary of state position.

One top transition official reportedly told Bloomberg Politics that several members of Trump's team think that the 64-year-old former four-star general would be good fit to lead the State Department. However, Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Republican Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, former President George W. Bush administration official Frances Townsend, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney are reportedly in talks for the position, as well.

Petraeus, who served as one of the top generals under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, was sentenced to two years of probation and a $100,000 fine in 2015 after pleading guilty to sharing classified information with his mistress. He stepped down from his post in 2012 after leading efforts to bring new troops to Iraq in 2007, which many say turned that war in America's favor.

"I've been in a position before where a president has turned to me in the Oval Office in a difficult moment, without any pleasantries, and said, 'I'm asking you as your president and Commander in Chief to take command of the international security force in Afghanistan,'" Petraeus told BBC when asked if he would serve in the Trump administration, notes Bloomberg. "The only response can be: 'Yes, Mr. President.'"

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Trump's meeting with Petraeus comes after the president-elect's staff publicly clashed over the position's candidates -- particularly Romney, who campaigned with the "Never Trump" movement during the election and is seen by some as too moderate and a potential personality clash. Others say that Trump should reach across the aisle and show that he is flexible, notes ABC News.

"I think that there was the Never Trump movement and then there was Gov. Romney," Trump's campaign manager, Kellyanne Conway, told "This Week" on Nov. 27, notes ABC. "He went out of his way to hurt Donald Trump. He gave two speeches that I can recall in this calendar year and they were both about Donald Trump."

Sources: Bloomberg (2), ABC News / Photo credit: U.S. Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Wikimedia Commons

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