Trump Reportedly Picks Retired Gen. James Mattis As Secretary Of Defense

United States President-elect Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with General James N. Mattis, US Marine Corps, retired, (R) at the clubhouse of Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New... United States President-elect Donald Trump (L) shakes hands with General James N. Mattis, US Marine Corps, retired, (R) at the clubhouse of Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Gen. Mattis is rumored to be a strong candidate for Secretary of Defense in the incoming Trump Administration. Credit: Aude Guerrucci / Pool via CNP - NO WIRE SERVICE - - NO WIRE SERVICE - Photo by: Aude Guerrucci/picture-alliance/dpa/AP Images MORE LESS
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President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly selected retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as his secretary of defense.

Trump is likely to announce Mattis’ nomination early next week, The Washington Post reported, citing people familiar with the decision.

Mattis declined to comment, and spokespeople for Trump’s transition team did not respond to the Washington Post.

Meanwhile, Trump transition spokesman Jason Miller tweeted that “no decision has been made yet” with regard to the position.

Mattis had been seen as a possible white knight, anti-Trump candidate during the Republican primary. The retired general ultimately ruled out entering the race as a third-party candidate in April.

The Washington Post noted in its report that Mattis would not be able to take the position unless Congress passes legislation to bypass a federal law stating that a secretary of defense cannot have been on active military duty in the seven years prior to their appointment. Congress has only granted this exception once in the past, when Gen. George C. Marshall served as President Harry Truman’s defense secretary.

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