- The Washington Times - Monday, November 28, 2016

Retired Army Gen. David Petraeus emerged Monday from a meeting with Donald Trump, saying the president-elect had a “great grasp” of the challenge America faces around the world.

Mr. Petraeus, who served as commander of the military’s Central Command and as CIA director, is among the candidates Mr. Trump is considering for secretary of state.

“I was with him for about an hour. He basically walked us around the world,” Mr. Petraeus told reporters at Trump Tower in Manhattan.

He said that Mr. Trump “showed a great grasp of a variety of the challenges that are out there and some of the opportunities as well.”

“Very good conversation and we’ll see where it goes from here,” he said.

Mr. Petraeus resigned as CIA director in 2012 after revelations he had an extramarital affair.

He also was charged with knowingly passing classified information to his mistress, Paula Broadwell, who also was his biographer. In a plea deal, Mr. Petraeus was fined $100,000 and place on probation.

On the campaign trail, Mr. Trump often used Mr. Petraeus as an example of the type of aggressive prosecution and severe punishment Hillary Clinton should face for mishandling classified information when she was secretary of state.

The interview of Mr. Petraeus at added to speculation surrounding Mr. Trump’s choice for secretary of state. Other top candidates for the job, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, have been met with criticism inside and outside the transition team.

Mr. Romney, who met Nov. 19 with Mr. Trump, is scheduled for a second meeting with the president-elect Tuesday at Trump Tower.

Mr. Trump also will meet Tuesday with Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Bob Corker, another possible pick to run the State Department.

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