Trump considers retired General Petraeus for secretary of state

General Petraeus

General Petraeus

Donald Trump is to meet with retired US General David Petraeus on Monday as the president-elect considers him to serve as US secretary of state, reports Bloomberg, citing a source inside Trump’s transition team.

In response to speculation on whether he would serve in Trump’s administration, Petraeus told BBC Radio 4’s Today program that, “the only response can be: ‘yes, Mr President.'”

A celebrated general, Petraeus, 64, led the US surge in Iraq from 2006 to 2008, and was later pulled from his post as head of US Central Command to lead the NATO force in Afghanistan in 2010.

He took over the CIA in mid-2011 after retiring from the military, but resigned in late 2012 after coming under investigation for giving his biographer and mistress, Paula Broadwell, access to classified information.

He eventually pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified information.

Petraeus’s legal troubles were reminiscent of those faced by Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, who was dogged during the campaign by an FBI investigation into her use of a private server to send email — an issue Trump and his supporters relentlessly exploited with chants of “lock her up!”

The FBI declined to file charges in Clinton’s case.

In the BBC interview, Petraeus was asked whether Trump had the temperament to be president.

“It’s up to Americans at this point in time not only to hope that that is the case, but if they can, endeavour to help him,” he said.

“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.”