President-elect Donald Trump has picked retired Marine General James Mattis as his defense secretary, but Mattis will need a change in a federal law to be able to take the job.
Trump, appearing at a postelection victory rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, Thursday night, made his choice official after a day of unconfirmed media reports.
Mattis, who earned the nickname “Mad Dog” because of his comments that he likes to fight, was a commander in the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. A former top Pentagon official told The Washington Post that Mattis was highly respected.
“He’s a warrior, scholar and straight shooter … he speaks truth to everyone and would certainly speak truth to this new commander in chief,” the official said.
But for Mattis to be approved by the U.S. Senate, Congress will have to waive a law requiring defense secretaries to be retired from active service for at least seven years. Mattis retired in 2013.
SOURCE: VOA News Online