Donald Trump taps ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis to be next US Defence Secretary

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Washington | Updated: December 07, 2016 9:05 PM

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.

donald trump cabinet, cabinet donald trump, donald trump administration, trump admin, nicky halley“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. (Associated Press)

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, adding that he 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.

“General Mattis is the living embodiment of the Marine Corps motto, ‘Semper Fidelis,’ always faithful, and the American people are fortunate that a man of his character and integrity will now be the civilian leader atop the Department of Defense. Under his leadership, we will rebuild our military and alliances, destroy terrorists and face our enemies head on, and make America safe again,” Trump said.

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