Remember Paula Broadwell? Here’s What Petraeus’ Mistress Thinks About Him Serving In Trump’s Cabinet

Christian Datoc Senior White House Correspondent
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Paula Broadwell thinks David Petraeus should be allowed to serve in Donald Trump’s cabinet.

David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell (Getty Images)

David Petraeus and Paula Broadwell (Getty Images)

Broadwell — Petraeus’ biographer-turned-mistress — sat down with CBS’ Norah O’Donnell for an interview that aired Thursday morning, and explained that he is not only “unequally qualified” to serve in Donald Trump’s incoming administration but should also be allowed to do so, despite mishandling classified information during his tenure as CIA director.


“Norah, I think he’s unequally qualified for many positions, but that’s not my position to say,” she told O’Donnell. “I think the president-elect would have to decide and members of the Senate.”

She admitted that when she “woke up to the news, you know, it was a bit of a shocker that he was being considered for a Cabinet position.”

“I was both shocked that I’m still in this tenuous position, and yet happy because I think he should be able to go on with his life,” she continued. “He’s earned it, and so should his family.”

David Petraeus speaks to reporters at Trump Tower in NYC (Getty Images)

David Petraeus speaks to reporters at Trump Tower in NYC (Getty Images)

Broadwell further elaborated on Petraeus’ situation in an interview with Vanity Fair.

“At first it felt like a kick in the gut because of the double standard and my incredulity at the fact that five years into this, I’m still in limbo and I haven’t been able to get out there and campaign for myself to have a job,” she explained. “The flip side is, I’m really happy for him. He’s exceptionally talented.”

“Our country could use someone like him right now.”

Petraeus is one of the final candidates Trump’s transition team is considering for secretary of state.

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