REPORT: Trump Picks Gen. James Mattis as Secretary of Defense
According to the Washington Post, President-elect Donald Trump has chosen retired Marine General James Mattis to serve as his Secretary of Defense.
In order to hold the post, Congress will need to allow him to bypass a federal law that states the secretary cannot have served in active duty for the seven years prior to taking the spot. This has been done once before, when George Marshall was given the position in 1950.
Per the Post, the announcement will likely be made early next week. Neither Mattis or Trump’s team have commented on the news.
Mattis replaced Gen. David Petraeus — a final contender for Secretary of State — as chief of Central Command in 2010 when he was passed over as commandant of the Marine Corps.
Mattis is 66 and retired from Central Command in 2013. He is currently a visiting fellow with the Hoover Institution.
UPDATE 4:53 PM ET: Trump communications director Jason Miller tweeted out that no decision has been made:
No decision has been made yet with regard to Secretary of Defense. #TrumpTransition
— Jason Miller (@JasonMillerinDC) December 1, 2016
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