Mattis to be next US Defence Secy
US President-elect Donald Trump has nominated James “Mad Dog” Mattis, a retired 4-star Marine Corps General known for his tough talk and battlefield experience in Iraq and Afghanistan, as his Defence Secretary.
“In order to succeed in our defense policy, we must have the right person to lead in our Defense Department,” Trump said about 66-year-old Mattis.
“This is why I am proud to formally announce today my intention to nominate General James “Mad Dog” Mattis as the next Secretary of Defense for the United States of America,” Trump said.
He also added that Mattis was one of the “most effective generals and extraordinary leaders of our time, who has committed his life to his love for our country,” Trump said in Fayetteville, North Carolina.
If confirmed, Mattis would replace Ashton Carter who is scheduled to be in India this week on his farewell trip.
Mattis commanded at multiple levels during his 44- year career as an infantry Marine.