The former commander of NATO forces in Afghanistan left the CIA after the scandal with the leak of classified information to his biographer
WASHINGTON – President-Elect Donald trump met with another potential candidate for the position of Secretary of state, former head of the CIA retired General David Petraeus.
Before to head the CIA, Petraeus commanded us forces in Iraq and led NATO forces in Afghanistan.
However, he was forced to resign from the CIA in 2012, having fallen into disgrace after he leaked classified information to the writer, who became the author of his biography, with whom he was having an affair.
Despite past Petraeus, trump tweeted that the retired General has made it a “very strong impression”.
Petraeus told reporters that his meeting with trump in new York office of the elected President lasted about an hour.
“He actually took us around the world, showing an excellent understanding of many of the problems and some possibilities. Let’s see where this will lead,” said Petraeus.
Despite his many years of work by a senior military commander and CIA chief, Petraeus will probably have to answer tough questions about his moral character when considering in the Senate the question of approval to the post of Secretary of state.
Petraeus was fined 100 thousand dollars and sentenced to two years probation after he pleaded guilty to the violation of the rules of work with classified information.
Trump previously complained that the FBI refused to prosecute Hillary Clinton for improper handling of classified information, while Petraeus was punished for much smaller infractions.
It is reported that trump is also considering candidates other politicians and diplomats to the post of Secretary of state.
Among them – the former new York mayor Rudy Giuliani, who, as they say, is very interested in this work, the former U.S. Ambassador to the UN John Bolton, Chairman of the Senate Committee on foreign relations, and Republican Bob Corker and former Massachusetts Governor MITT Romney.
Romney’s candidacy is controversial in the transition team of trump and among the supporters of the elected President.
Former Governor and presidential candidate from the Republican party in the 2012 election during the last election campaign called trump a “crook” and “swindler” and refused to publicly support him.