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Ex-CIA Director Petraeus Willing to Serve in Trump Administration

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By    |   Wednesday, 23 Nov 2016 10:00 AM

If Gen. David Petraeus was asked to serve in President-elect Donald Trump's administration, "The only response can be: 'Yes, Mr. President,'" Petraeus said in an interview on BBC Radio 4.

The four-star general oversaw military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan as a senior officer under Presidents Barack Obama and George W. Bush, according to CNN.

"If you're asked, you've got to serve, put aside any reservations based on campaign rhetoric, and figure out what's best for the country… I've been in a position before where a president has turned to me in the Oval Office in a difficult moment, without any pleasantries, and said, 'I'm asking you as your president and Commander in Chief to take command of the international security force in Afghanistan,'" Petraeus said.

While Petraeus has been critical of Trump, he said that since the election, he has heard positive things about the president-elect.

"It's interesting that those who have been talking to him have said, you know, he's very personable, very hospitable, very gracious guy, full of questions and dialogue," Petraeus said in the BBC Radio interview.

Trump could form closer relations with Russia, but Petraeus told BBC Radio the president-elect would have to enter any such plans "with your eyes wide open."

According to CNN, the general resigned as CIA director in 2012 following an affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell. He pleaded guilty to charges from the Justice Department that he shared classified information with her. He pleaded guilty to one charge, and received two years' probation and a $100,000 fine.

FBI Director James Comey, during Hillary Clinton's email scandal, said that Petraeus' actions were worse than hers, according to a CNN report in July.

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If Gen. David Petraeus was asked to serve in President-elect Donald Trump's administration, "The only response can be:'Yes, Mr. President,'" Petraeus said in an interview on BBC Radio 4.
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