According to Fox News and CNN, President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as his secretary of defense.
Mattis is 66-years old. The retired four-star general, known as “Mad Dog,” was lauded for his leadership of Marines in the 2004 Battle of Falluja in Iraq — one of the bloodiest of the war.
The official announcement is expected early next week.
Mattis would also need a waiver from Congress in order to be confirmed. A decades-old legal statute bars service members from quickly entering civilian positions, which would otherwise prevent Mattis from being eligible for the job. Word on Capital Hill is Mattis will be received with open arms.
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