Donald J. Trump is no ordinary President-Elect. He is not a politician, and anyone who analyzes his moves as he postures towards assembling a core team to be his cabinet would make a significant mistake.
He is no politician. He is a businessman turned media mogul. He is a man who gets things done.
He is also a man who loves to confound the media, who tries so hard to set the national narrative. Instead he sends them in every direction chasing their tails. After all the interviews and speculation over the last week, generating false starts and narratives, Trump finally revealed another card in his hand.
The New York Times reports Donald Trump’s pick for Secretary of Defense:
President-elect Donald J. Trump said on Thursday he had chosen James N. Mattis, a hard-charging retired general who led a Marine division to Baghdad during the 2003 invasion of Iraq, to serve as his secretary of defense.
Mr. Trump made the announcement at a rally in Cincinnati, calling General Mattis “the closest thing we have to Gen. George Patton.”
General Mattis, 66, led the United States Central Command, which oversees military operations in the Middle East and Southwest Asia, from 2010 to 2013. His tour there was cut short by the Obama administration, which believed that he was too hawkish on Iran.
General Mattis would be the first former ranking general to assume the post of defense secretary since George Marshall in 1950-51. He would need a special congressional waiver to serve as defense secretary. He retired from the Marines in 2013, and federal law stipulates that the Pentagon chief be out of uniform for seven years.
He has chosen a man who will not be bullied by the likes of rogue nation-states who tout Radical Islamic Extremism. Instead Mattis is a man who knows how to lead the troops, who is an expert of experts in the military, and while Trump will have to work extra hard to get Mattis installed by waiving a federal stipulation in Congress, it seems that is how valuable an addition Trump sees General Mattis to his core team.
Source: New York Times