There has been a lot of speculation about who will make up Donald Trump’s cabinet, and while some appointments have been confirmed, others are still up in the air. Mitt Romney has been the primary name tossed around for Secretary of State, but he doesn’t have the position locked down yet. Someone else is also being considered — and it could be Islamic terrorism’s worst nightmare.
Reportedly, David Petraeus is on Trump’s short list to head up the State Department. And Petraeus allegedly is very interested in the job. In an interview with BBC Radio 4’s Today, Petraeus talked about the possibility of serving in the Trump administration.
Petraeus served in both the Bush and Obama administrations as a senior officer, was commander of United States and NATO forces in Afghanistan, and then served as head of the CIA after retiring from the military. Speaking about Trump and whether or not he had the right temperament to be president, Petraeus said, “It’s up to Americans at this point in time not only to hope that that is the case, but if they can, endeavor to help him.”
He continued, “If you’re asked, you’ve got to serve – put aside any reservations based on campaign rhetoric… and figure out what’s best for the country. 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.’ The only response can be: ‘yes, Mr President.’”
Petraeus claims that his sources tell him that Trump’s temperament has mellowed since the election. “It’s interesting that those who have been talking to him have said, you know, he’s very personable, very hospitable, very gracious guy, full of questions and dialogue,” he said.
Picking Petraeus to be Secretary of State would not be without scandal. He was forced to resign from the CIA in shame when it came to light that he had an affair with his biographer, with whom he shared classified information. Still, he had a long military career and was highly respected, which would seemingly recommend him for the job. Will he be the person Trump ultimately chooses? Only time will tell.
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