For the past two weeks, rumors have been swirling thicker than snow regarding who will serve in President-elect Donald Trump’s administration.
We have gotten a few hints regarding whom Trump has been considering, and a few confirmed nominees (such as South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley for U.N. ambassador), but almost everything else has been pure speculation.
Former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus has been rumored to be under consideration for Secretary of Defense in Trump’s administration, and when asked what he would do if Trump offered him the job, Petraeus had just three words to say, the BBC reported: “Yes, Mr. President.”
“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 explained in an interview with the BBC
“The only response can be: ‘Yes, Mr. President,’” he added.
Picking Petraeus to serve could be a potential headache for Trump. CNN noted that Petraeus was forced to resign as director the CIA in 2012 after it came to light that he had shared classified information with the woman he was having an affair with.
CNBC noted that when asked to comment on the allegations that Trump doesn’t have the temperament to be president, Petraeus quickly came to the president-elect’s defense.
“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.
Regardless of whom Trump picks, we can be confident that the next secretary of defense will be someone more than qualified who wants to keep America safe.
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