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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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Two tiresome realities about being president of the United States: first, everybody blames you for things over which you have little or no control: such as the worldwide price of oil, and international shipping schedules. Should there be too few electronic gee-gaws on store shelves to pacify American teenagers this Christmas, it will be Joe Biden’s fault.

Second, everybody gives you advice, whether you ask for it or not. Everywhere you look, Democrats and Democratically-inclined pundits are tempted to panic. “The cold reality for Biden,” writes New York Magazine’s Jonathan Chait “is that his presidency is on the brink of failure.” A return to Trumpism, and essentially the end of American democracy, strikes Chait as altogether likely.

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