David Petraeus For National Security Advisor?

Former CIA director Gen. David Petraeus arrives at Trump Tower for a meeting with Presiden-elect Donald Trump, Monday, Nov. 28, 2016, in New York. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

So the hunt is one for a replacement to the National Security Advisor position, now vacant, after Michael Flynn was forced to resign on Monday evening.

The word from the Washington Examiner is that President Trump and his top advisers will talk with retired General David Petraeus this week about possibly taking on the position.


Trump regularly referenced Petraeus during his campaign speeches last year, telling guests at rallies that the former general was punished more severely for leaking classified information to his mistress than former State Sec. Hillary Clinton was reprimanded for setting up a private email server.

Trump had briefly considered Petraeus for secretary of state. He passed over him due to the earlier incident and the problems that might create with confirmation in the Senate, a hurdle which is not in the way for national security advisor.

Michael Flynn stepped down after it was discovered that he spoke with a Russian ambassador about the sanctions the U.S. was levying against Russia, in response to the nation’s suspected interference in the 2016 election.

When confronted about it by Vice President Pence, Flynn was apparently not completely truthful.

VP Pence went to bat for him on several programs, only to find out later that he’d been lied to.

For the time being, retired Lt. General Keith Kellogg is in as acting National Security Advisor.


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