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Trump considering Petraeus for secretary of State: report

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President-elect Donald Trump is considering retired Gen. David Petraeus to fill the position of secretary of State, according to a Monday report from Bloomberg

Trump is set to meet with Petraeus on Monday in New York, a transition official said. 

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Petraeus last year pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of mishandling classified material. He had shared classified intelligence with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, a former Army intelligence officer with whom he had an extramarital affair. 

Trump frequently mentioned Petraeus on the campaign trail, comparing his case to the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of State. 

“The system is rigged,” Trump said after FBI Director James Comey announced he would not recommend charges against Clinton, Trump’s Democratic rival for the White House.

“General Petraeus got in trouble for far less. Very, very unfair! As usual, bad judgment.”

Others in the running to be secretary of State are said to be Mitt Romney, though Trump loyalists have been publicly critical of the 2012 GOP nominee, and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani. 

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