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Report: Trump considering controversial Obama administration official for secretary of state

President-elect Donald Trump waves to a small crowd as he leaves the New York Times building following a meeting, Tuesday in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

For several months on the campaign trail, President-elect Donald Trump blasted Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for the way she handled classified information during her tenure as secretary of state. Now, Trump is considering appointing a controversial Obama administration figure who pled guilty to mishandling classified information to fill the post of top diplomat.

According to Bloomberg, Trump has been taken aback by the response to the Mitt Romney trial balloon and plans to meet meet in New York today with retired Gen. David Petraeus, who served as director of the Central Intelligence Agency under President Barack Obama. Petraeus was widely credited with improving the military situation in Iraq and Afghanistan under former President George W. Bush, and he was confirmed as director of central intelligence with a unanimous vote in the Senate. However, Petraeus ultimately resigned in disgrace from the post after it was revealed that he inappropriately allowed his biographer — with whom he was having an affair — to access to classified documents.

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