Top 8 facts you don’t know about David Petraeus

Thursday, December 1, 2016
By Paul Martin

Trump considers general for secretary of state despite views on guns, refugees, Israel, big government


The political world is abuzz with speculation about President-elect Donald Trump’s consideration of former CIA Director David Petraeus as his choice for secretary of state – but Petraeus’ positions on a variety of issues, including gun control, could upset conservatives if he is indeed selected for the slot.

Trump met Monday with the retired Army four-star general at his offices in Trump Tower in Manhattan. In a Twitter post minutes after the meeting, Trump tweeted: “Just met with General Petraeus – very impressed!”

But if Trump selects Petraeus to be his chief foreign affairs adviser, he runs the risk of upsetting his conservative base. Petraeus is a fervent advocate of gun control and expansive government. He supported the program to resettle Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the United States. Petraeus has pressed for shutting down Guantanamo Bay prison, backed Obama’s Iran policy, decried U.S. favoritism toward Israel and even advocated reconciliation with the Taliban.

The Trump transition team did not respond to WND’s request for comment regarding why Petraeus is being considered for the post.

In December 2015, Petraeus signed a letter urging Congress to allow resettlement of Syrian and Iraqi refugees in the U.S.

“Refugees are victims, not perpetrators, of terrorism,” the letter stated. “Categorically refusing to take them only feeds the narrative of ISIS that there is a war between Islam and the West, that Muslims are not welcome in the United States and Europe, and that the ISIS caliphate is their true home.”

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