29 Nov '16, 6pm

Mattis Fades from SecDef Ranks As Former Sen. Kyl Rises

Mattis Fades from SecDef Ranks As Former Sen. Kyl Rises

Then-Sen. Jon Kyl on the Deficit Reduction Super Committee in 2011 UPDATED: Trump May Name SecDef By End Of Week WASHINGTON: While much of the country seems to think retired Marine Gen. James Mattis has a lock on the job of Defense Secretary in a Trump Administration , increasing signs make clear other candidates’ stars are rising, a source involved with the Trump transition says. The main reason for this is simple: Mattis does not appear eager to take the job. He knows it would set a precedent since military officers are barred from senior Pentagon jobs for seven years, though a congressional waiver can be issued and, in this case, probably would be. (For an excellent, thorough and authoritative discussion of the prohibitions on active and retired military officers, here’s a Justice Department memo .) His Nov. 19 meeting with Donald Trump was apparently marked by his reco...

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