Rebecca Kheel --
Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis is President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to run the Pentagon, according to multiple reports Thursday afternoon.
An official announcement of Mattis’ Defense secretary appointment is expected early next week, according to The Washington Post, who first reported the pick, citing unnamed people familiar with the decision.
who retired in spring 2013, most recently served as head of U.S.
Central Command, which oversees the U.S. wars in the Middle East.
He now works as a national security fellow at the California-based Hoover Institution.
his time in the military, Mattis, who’s garnered nicknames such as “Mad
Dog” and “Warrior Monk,” became a highly respected leader known for his
blunt and colorful quotes.
At the end of his tenure, he clashed with the Obama administration over his lack of support for the Iran nuclear deal.