Over the weekend, the current Secretary of Defense under President Obama, Ash Carter, gave a speech in Simi Valley, California and expressed praise for the next Secretary of Defense, General James Mattis. At the Reagan Defense Forum at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library on Saturday, Secretary Carter spoke about the upcoming transfer of power that was to come when President-elect’s Administration takes control of the Department and went on to say that the man taking his position is a friend and that he holds General Mattis in the “highest regard.”
“I’m proud of the way the men and women of DoD conducted themselves during this last Presidential campaign,” Secretary Carter said. “Standing apart from politics, and staying focused on our mission.”
“I’m committed to overseeing the orderly transfer to the next Commander-in-Chief. That’s something DoD takes a lot of pride in and has done for a long time,” he continued, “and we’re carrying out this year’s changeover with the excellence that’s expected of us.”
Secretary Carter then went on to praise the incoming Secretary of Defense, calling him a friend who he holds in the “highest regard.”
“Let me also congratulate Gen. Jim Mattis for being chosen to take my place. I’ve worked with Jim for many years. He’s a friend and I hold him in the highest regard,” Carter said.