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Report: Trump Team Considering Kelly Ayotte for Defense Secretary

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    Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., right, speaks about her recent trip to Ukraine, during a news conference at the Capitol in Washington, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. The Senate is advancing legislation authorizing sanctions on Russia and providing aid to Ukraine. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    Donald Trump's transition team is reportedly considering outgoing New Hampshire Sen. Kelly Ayotte for defense secretary.

    Sources tell the Washington Post her name was added to a list that already includes former Defense Intelligence Agency director Gen. Mike Flynn, retired Lt. Gen. Joseph "Keith" Kellogg and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.).

    Ayotte, who narrowly lost her re-election bid to Gov. Maggie Hassan, did not have an easy time Trump's candidacy. She quickly retracted a statement regarding him as a role model for children made during a debate, and days later condemned his statements made in the leaked Access Hollywood audio tape.

    She wrote in Vice President-elect Mike Pence's name on Election Day.

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