Secretary of Defense James Mattis is a badass.
Though people criticize President Donald Trump, they rarely question his decision to appoint Mattis to the position of Secretary of Defense. The retired United States Marine Corps general is the 26th Secretary of Defense and was previously the 11th Commander of United States Central Command under President Barack Obama. During that time, he was responsible for American military operations in the Middle East, Northeast Africa, and Central Asia.
According to Wikipedia, he was selected by Trump in the following way:
Then-President-elect Donald Trump met with Mattis for a little over one hour in Bedminster, New Jersey, on November 20, 2016. He later stated on Twitter, “General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, who is being considered for Secretary of Defense, was very impressive yesterday. A true General’s General!” On December 1, 2016, Trump announced at a rally in Cincinnati that he would nominate Mattis for United States Secretary of Defense. As Mattis retired from the military in 2013, his nomination required a waiver of the National Security Act of 1947, which requires a seven-year waiting period before retired military personnel can assume the role of Secretary of Defense. Mattis is the second Secretary of Defense to receive such a waiver, following George Marshall. Mattis was officially confirmed as Secretary of Defense by a vote of 98–1 in the United States Senate on January 20, 2017.
When Trump appointed Mattis, his appointment assuaged the fears of even his fiercest critics. Mattis’s no-nonsense and fearless approach to defense impresses the entire globe.
Here’s a great example.
On Friday, he was talking to the press, a very rare discussion in deed. He doesn’t say much, so his words usually make headlines. Voice of America correspondent Carla Babb asked him, “What is your biggest military concern for 2018?”
He didn’t hesitate before responding, “I don’t have concerns. I create them.”
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Hat Tip: Independent Journal Review