Report: Trump Team Considering Kelly Ayotte for Defense Secretary

Kelly Ayotte

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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