Trump has said he is considering retired Marine Corps. Gen. James Mattis for defense secretary and billionaire investor Wilbur Ross as commerce secretary.
President-elect Donald Trump says he’s made “a couple of deals” after spending the weekend meeting with a long list of potential administration appointees, but he isn’t revealing any more picks
The next defense secretary can expect lots of pressure from Capitol Hill, which in turn will find itself under minor siege by defense industry lobbyists.
President-elect Donald Trump said Thursday he will nominate retired Gen. James Mattis to be his defense secretary, making the announcement at a post-election victory rally in Cincinnati.
The expected nomination of retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to become secretary of defense depends on a one-time change to federal statutes that require military officers to have been retired for at least seven years before becoming the civilian leader of the Pentagon.
President-elect Donald Trump emerges as a winner in the final version of the must-pass spending bill.
The Senate has shipped legislation lowering hurdles for government drug approvals to President Barack Obama
Congress’ two defense policy committees were set to meet Thursday to consider whether retired Gen. James Mattis should be the next secretary of Defense, something both houses of Congress will have to approve since his confirmation would require the suspension of a federal law that demands military officers be out of uniform for seven years before they become the military’s civilian boss.
Just hours after the conclusion of James Mattis’ confirmation hearing to be the next secretary of Defense, a broad bipartisan majority of 81 senators voted Thursday to make an exception from the seven-year cooling off period for military officers and allow him to become the department’s top civilian leader.
Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis is the only member of the Trump administration’s Defense team to be nominated, yet alone undergo a confirmation hearing.