Donald Trump on Sunday praised retired Marine Corps General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis – one day after interviewing him as his potential secretary of defense.
‘General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, who is being considered for Secretary of Defense, was very impressive yesterday. A true General’s General!’ Trump wrote.
The president-elect, who called Mattis ‘the real deal’ after their Saturday meeting at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, seemed to place the general even higher on his list of runner-ups.
Keeping in form with Trump’s already-filled cabinet picks, Mattis is a controversial figure who will need a congressional waiver in order to serve, should the president-elect select him.
The four-star Marine Corps general, who once said ‘it’s fun to shoot some people’, according to the Daily Beast, has only been retired for four years. But in order to obtain the position, secretaries of defense must be out of the military for seven.
Arizona Senator and Senate Armed Services Chairman John McCain said that Congress has waived this requirement in the past and that it shouldn’t hinder Trump’s choice.
A team of lawyers is reportedly working on Capitol Hill to figure out how to make the waiver work for Mattis…
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General James N. Mattis is the Davies Family Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Hoover Institution. He studies national security issues, specifically strategy, innovation, the effective use of military force and the Middle East while writing a book on leadership. General Mattis commanded at multiple levels in his forty-three year career as an infantry Marine.
As a lieutenant in the western Pacific, he served as a rifle and weapons platoon commander in the Third Marine Division. As a captain in the Pacific and Indian Ocean, he commanded a rifle company and a weapons company in the First Marine Brigade. As a major he was the battalion officer at the Naval Academy Prep School and commanded Marine recruiters in the Pacific Northwest and Hawaii. As a lieutenant colonel he commanded an assault battalion breaching the Iraqi minefields in Operation Desert Storm. As a colonel he commanded 7th Marine Regiment and, on Pentagon duty, he served as the Department of Defense Executive Secretary.
As a brigadier general he was the Senior Military Assistant to the Deputy Secretary of Defense. Following 9-11 he commanded the First Marine Expeditionary Brigade and Naval Task Force 58 in operations against the Taliban in southern Afghanistan. As a major general, he commanded the First Marine Division during the initial attack and subsequent stability operations in Iraq. In his first tour as a lieutenant general, he was in charge of Marine Corps Combat Development at Quantico and subsequently served as Commander, I Marine Expeditionary Force/Commander, U.S. Marine Forces in the Middle East. As a general he served concurrently as the Commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command and as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation. Before retiring in 2013 he was the Commander of U.S. Central Command, directing military operations of over 200,000 soldiers, sailors, airmen, Coast Guardsmen, Marines and allied forces across the Middle East.