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(Reuters) – U.S. President-elect Donald Trump spoke on Monday to former chief executive of Hewlett-Packard Carly Fiorina about the job of director of national intelligence, the New York Times reported, citing a senior Trump transition team member.

Fiorina, once a rival for the White House Republican nomination who clashed with Trump during primary debates, visited Trump Tower, his transition team said on a conference call.

(Reporting by Tim Ahmann; Writing by Eric Walsh; Editing by Doina Chiacu)

IMAGE: Former Republican presidential candidate Carly Fiorina (L) walks with Kellyanne Conway, campaign manager and senior advisor to the Trump Presidential Transition Team, in the lobby of Trump Tower in Manhattan, New York, U.S., December 12, 2016. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

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