01 Dec '16, 10pm

BREAKING | Report: Mattis is Trump's choice to be secretary of defense:

BREAKING | Report: Mattis is Trump's choice to be secretary of defense:

WASHINGTON – Retired Marine Corps Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis has been selected to become the next secretary of defense, The Washington Post reported Thursday. The choice would bring a seasoned, widely respected battlefield commander and strong critic of Iran and Russia to the military’s top civilian position. A spokesman for President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team said no decision about the defense post has been made, though the Post said “multiple sources” reported Mattis was the choice. CNN quoted Trump team sources as saying the formal announcement would come next week. Congress would have to approve a waiver because Mattis, who retired in 2013, has not been out of uniform for the required seven years. If confirmed by the Senate, Mattis, 66, who fashioned a reputation among Marines as a warrior monk during four decades of infantry leadership that included the wa...

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