02 Dec '16, 3am

Trump to nominate retired General James Mattis to lead Pentagon

Trump to nominate retired General James Mattis to lead Pentagon

WASHINGTON — President-elect Donald Trump said on Thursday (Friday, Dec 2, Singapore time) he will nominate retired General James Mattis to be his defence secretary, making the announcement during a post-election victory rally in Cincinnati. Former general Mattis, 66, is a Marine Corps general who retired in 2013 after serving as the commander of the US Central Command. His selection raises questions about increased military influence in a job designed to insure civilian control of the armed forces. The concerns revolve around whether a recently retired service member would rely more on military solutions to international problems, rather than a broader, more diplomatic approach. For Gen Mattis to be confirmed, Congress would first have to approve legislation bypassing a law that bars retired military officers from becoming defence secretary within seven years of leaving a...

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