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Petraeus Willing to Serve If Trump Calls, But He's Wounded

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Gen. David Petraeus has signaled he would be willing to serve in Donald Trump's administration. (Dan Kitwood/Press Association via AP Images)

By    |   Wednesday, 23 Nov 2016 10:42 AM

Retired U.S. Gen. David Petraeus is willing to serve if President-elect Donald Trump calls, but he’s wounded by past felony charges, which raises the question of whether the former CIA director would even receive a security clearance to enable him to work under the Trump administration.

Petraeus said Wednesday that he would serve in the White House if asked by Trump, according to an interview with BBC Radio.

“I’ve been in a position before where a president has turned to me in the Oval Office in a difficult moment and ... said ‘I’m asking you as your president and commander-in-chief to take command of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan.’ The only response can be ‘yes, Mr. President,’” Petraeus told BBC Radio.

Petraeus stepped down as CIA Chief in 2012 after having an extramarital affair with his biographer, Paula Broadwell, CNN noted.

Shortly after he resigned, the Justice Department released felony charges against Petraeus for sharing classified information with Broadwell, CNN noted.

Petraeus took a plea deal, where he pled guilty to one charge — “removing and retaining classified information” — and was sentenced to two years probation and fined $100,000, CNN reported last year.

During his BBC interview, Petraeus was asked whether Trump had the right temperament to be the next president.

“We’re going to have to see,” he said. “I’m not someone who’s had contact with him in the past. I don’t know how he operates. It’s interesting that those who have been talking to him have said he’s a very personable, very hospitable, very gracious guy, full of questions and dialogue. … This is a guy who’s done pretty well in life.”

When asked if Trump could serve this country effectively as commander-in-chief, he said, “I think so, yes. It’s up to Americans not only to hope that that is the case, but if they can, endeavor to help him.”

According to The Wall Street Journal, Trump’s transition team has considered Petraeus for the role of defense secretary, given his experience as a four-star general in the U.S. Army and his time overseeing international military forces in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Press TV noted.

Republicans have argued that while Petraeus shared classified documents in the past, that’s a “little wrong” compared to Hillary Clinton’s email scandal, CNN noted.

However, during the election campaign, FBI Director James Comey said Petraeus’s actions were far worse than Clinton’s.

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