Trump taps General “Mad Dog” Mattis for Pentagon

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump said on Thursday night he would nominate retired Marine Corps General James Mattis, known as “Mad Dog”, to lead the Pentagon. Lily Jamali reports.

President-elect Donald Trump using what he’s dubbed his “Thank you tour” Thursday to announce a key nomination to his cabinet.


“We are going to appoint Mad Dog Mattis as our secretary of defense. But we’re not announcing it until Monday, so don’t tell anybody.”

General James Mattis is considered a seasoned military strategist.

His appointment a sign that Trump plans to chart a very different path from President Obama, who’s increasingly looked to allies to fight U.S. battles abroad.

Mattis is revered in the Marines and is known for his distrust of Iran.

Trump’s announcement comes on the same day as reports that President Obama said he supports requiring women registering for the military draft, becoming the first president to do so since former President Jimmy Carter.

General Mattis will need a waiver from Congress to take over at the Pentagon.

The law requires that a defense secretary be a civilian for at least seven years before filling the role.