Former Gen. David Petraeus is "grateful" to have been considered to serve as secretary of State under President-elect Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump announces new social media network called 'TRUTH Social' Virginia State Police investigating death threat against McAuliffe Meadows hires former deputy AG to represent him in Jan. 6 probe: report MORE, he said Tuesday.
Petraeus, also a former CIA director, was on the shortlist to be the nation's top diplomat. But Trump announced Tuesday morning the job would go to Exxon Mobil CEO Rex Tillerson.
"It was an honor to be considered for Secretary of State. I am grateful to the President-elect for his consideration and for the opportunity to engage with him," Petraeus said in a statement to Politico.
"I am encouraged by the time and deliberation he devoted to the process. I am not well acquainted with Rex Tillerson, however, I place great weight in the endorsement he has received from former Secretary of Defense Bob Gates and others whom I deeply respect."
Petraeus's consideration drew criticism from Democrats and some Republicans who saw Trump rail against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMeghan McCain: 'SNL' parodies made me feel like 'laughing stock of the country' Hill: Trump reelection would spur 'one constitutional crisis after another' Trump defends indicted GOP congressman MORE for her use of a private email server while secretary of State, only to later consider Petraeus for a top Cabinet position.
Petraeus was sentenced to two years of probation in 2015 for mishandling classified materials.