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Team Donald Trump: Controversial ex-CIA chief could be US State Secretary

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Donald Trump held talks Monday with David Petraeus, one of America's most celebrated generals who subsequently resigned from the Central Intelligence Agency in disgrace, as the president-elect narrowed his contentious search for a secretary of state.

Petraeus said he spent about an hour with Trump, and he praised the president-elect for showing a "great grasp of a variety of the challenges that are out there".

Among the Trump transition team, Mr Petraeus and Mr Romney are supported by Republicans looking for a candidate with gravitas who can unify the party, the source said.

'And the Romney consultants were the worst to all of us, including to Mr. Trump, ' she said.

Trump himself was also positive, tweeting "Just met with General Petraeus-was very impressed!"

Petraeus resigned as CIA direct in November 2012, was convicted of a misdemeanor in 2015, and is now on probation for sharing classified information with his biographer and mistress, former Army intelligence officer Paula Broadwell. Miller said Trump was also considering former NY mayor Rudy Giuliani - favored by Trump loyalists who worked on the election campaign - and discussed the position with retired general David Petraeus on Monday.

President-elect Donald Trump was on Tuesday night (AEDT) set to announce that he has chosen Republican US Representative Tom Price, an orthopedic surgeon and vociferous critic of the Affordable Care Act, as health and human services secretary, two sources told Reuters. But people with knowledge of Conway's plans say she is more interested in serving as an outside political adviser, akin to the role President Barack Obama's campaign manager David Plouffe played following the 2008 election.

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President-elect Donald Trump will hold a second meeting with Mitt Romney today amid escalating criticism from within the billionaire's inner circle, as potential recounts loom in battleground Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania three weeks after the election.

Mr. Romney's return is a sign that he remains in serious contention for the plum cabinet post despite fierce resistance from Trump loyalists who haven't forgiven him for his blistering attacks on Mr. Trump during the campaign.

Petraeus said last week that he was ready to serve in the Trump administration if offered a position.

Giuliani is said to be frustrated by the way the process has unfolded, having originally been led to believe he would have his pick of jobs, according to those close to the transition.

The 2012 Republican presidential candidate called Trump a "fraud" and a "conman", and refused to endorse him.

Trump often compared the prosecution of Petraeus with the lack of legal action against Clinton, who was investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation but never charged with any offence. Bob Corker and former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations John Bolton for the job.

Top aide Kellyanne Conway - unusually for a senior political aide - spoke out publicly about Romney's shortcomings, saying she had received "a deluge" of concern from supporters and stressing his past animosity towards Trump. Corker is well regarded but some in the Trump camp do not want too many senators coming into the Cabinet, the source said.

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