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Trump Considering James “Mad Dog” Mattis For Secretary Of Defense

November 18, 2016

President-elect Donald Trump is considering General James Mattis for Secretary of Defense, according to an unidentified source on the transition team.

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Mattis is one of eight people scheduled to meet with Trump on Saturday.

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If selected for the position Mattis would need a special congressional waiver to serve as Defense Secretary. According to title 10 of the U.S. Code the Secretary of Defense must be be out of military uniform for a period longer than 7 years to reinforce the norm of civilian control. Mattis retired from the United States Marine Corps as recently as 2013.

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It is believed that retired Army General Jack Keane is also being considered for the position.

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