As further proof that President-elect Donald Trump can reconcile with former rivals and adversaries and potentially even work with them, he met earlier today with former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina who is reportedly being considered for Director of National Intelligence.
Fiorina served as CEO for Hewlett Packard in the previous decade. She does not have experience in government work and neither has she worked in the intelligence area. Fiorina, however, did sit in a civilian oversight board of the Central Intelligence Agency under the Bush administration. The Director of National Intelligence post was created after the September 11 attacks. While running HP, Fiorina helped deliver a truckload of sophisticated computer equipment to the National Security Agency only a week after the 9-11 attacks.
Fiorina said she and Trump talked comprehensively about China whom she described as a
'rising adversary' of the U.S. The former rivals during the primaries also discussed the ongoing controversy on Russia's supposed hacking of the U.S. election, allegations which the two both doubted. Trump has been vocal in saying Russian election hacking claims are but mere futile attempts to delegitimize his presidency.
The pair was also reported to have discussed about Trump's opportunity to " reset things " including America's role in the world and how the world perceives the U.S.
The former Republican presidential candidate shared that it was such an honor for her to meet the president-elect at the Trump Tower. The meeting put a conclusive end to the animosity between the two during the primaries up to the presidential campaign. Trump was once reported to have made unflattering comments about Fiorina's looks- which the businessman billionaire later denied and stated on the contrary that Fiorina is a beautiful woman. Fiorina who later bowed out of the race and became the running mate of Sen.Ted Cruz also fervently reacted when the controversial audio recording of Trump was released. She then wrote on a Facebook post that " Donald Trump does not represent me or my country."
While no commitment on the post has been reached yet, the meeting was a testament to Trump's willingness to put past misunderstandings or even hostilities behind as he seeks to complete his Cabinet.