Thursday, December 01, 2016
Donald Trump intends to nominate Gen. James Mattis, one of the most respected military men of his generation, to run the sprawling Department of Defense, it was reported Thursday.
Citing people familiar with the decision, the Washington Post said the announcement from the president-elect is expected next week.
But since a law prevents those on active duty within the last seven years from serving in a civilian post, Congress will not only have to confirm Mattis but also pass a law making an exception.
Congress has done that just once, when Gen. George C. Marshall was appointed to the post in 1950.
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