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Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff / Flickr

Asked whether he would take Mattis’ job, Petraeus said:

Retired Gen. David Petraeus, the former CIA director and commander of U.S. forces in Afghanistan, poured cold water on Monday on rumors he would come out of retirement to become President Trump’s new Secretary of Defense.

“I think there does have to be policy alignment [with Trump,] and I’m not sure that exists, I’m afraid.”

That was a reference to [friend] Mattis, who in his resignation letter told Trump: “You have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours.”

Retired General David Petraeus was interviewed by the BBC on whether the rumors are true, that he is being considered as next Secretary of Defense.

Listen here:…

Petraeus interview begins at 1:17:25

A little history from not so long ago:

But what did Petraeus have to say about Trump, upon their first meeting, right after the “election?”

Former General David Petraeus told reporters that President-elect Donald Trump appeared to understand world challenges after a meeting at Trump Tower in New York City on Monday afternoon.

“He basically walked us around the world. Showed a great grasp of a variety of the challenges that are out there and some of the opportunities as well,” David Petraeus told reporters after meeting with Trump.

One wonders what could possibly have changed the General’s mind?

Next tweet from Trump:

“I prefer Generals who AREN’T retired”

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  1. Trump isn’t going to find ANY general, retired or not, who is “aligned” with his way of thinking. If for no other reason is the “tRUMP” does not think, cannot think. He only re-acts to anything as it relates to his own self interest. And any self respecting General will get as far away from Trump as is possible, so they don’t a stain on themselves.

    • I cannot believe this idiot DT has been aloud to remain in power for two years… we have a different view on presidents/prime ministers if their idiots or dont keep their promises, we get rid of them. One can only assume the world is not stuck with DT for another two years. He’s the most dangerous man on the planet and need to be put down by a vet


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