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Donald Trump on Tuesday night formally announced that he will nominate retired Gen. James Mattis to serve as secretary of defense.

"He is one of the most effective generals and extraordinary leaders of our time, who has committed his life to his love for our country. 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," Trump said in a statement. "Under his leadership, we will rebuild our military and alliances, destroy terrorists and face our enemies head on, and make America safe again."

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