Gillibrand on Defense Secretary pick: "I will oppose a waiver"

Gillibrand on Defense Secretary pick:

Under US law, a retired officer must be a civilian for at least seven years before he or she can serve as defence secretary.

Moulton, D-Salem, said Friday that he supports Trump's selection of Mattis for U.S. Secretary of Defense.

After meeting Mattis on November 19, Trump described him as a strong, dignified man who persuasively argued against waterboarding, an interrogation tactic that involves pouring water over someone's face to simulate drowning.

He added, "You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn't wear a veil", Mattis continued.

The Senate Armed Services Committee will consider Mattis' nomination. "Gen. Mattis is the archetype of the warrior scholar -that's who we younger officers aspired to be".

Retired General David Petraeus remains in the running for secretary of State. Trump's pick for Central Intelligence Agency director is former West Point graduate Mike Pompeo, although he isn't a recent military retiree.

"While I deeply respect General Mattis' service, I will oppose a waiver", Gillibrand said in a statement.

"That concern would be further heightened should the president-elect nominate any further military personnel to high positions of civilian leadership in his administration", he said.

When it comes to U.S. relations with Russia, Mattis is more suspicious of Vladimir Putin, criticising the latter's leadership as "unfortunate and dangerous".

"He has the ability, through his intellect and his force of personality -his social energy-to put a sense of urgency into any organization", Woodbridge said.

Announcing his pick during a speech in OH, the president-elect told the crowd: 'He's our best'.

A key player will be Senator Chuck Schumer of NY, the incoming Senate Democratic leader, who has been mum on Mattis' selection.

A spokeswoman for Taiwan in the United States said she could not immediately confirm that the conversation took place, and said she was seeking guidance from Taiwan.

Mattis, he said, "served our nation with distinction". I met with him at length and I asked him that question.

While many military members laughed at the comments, a military expert interviewed by NBC 7 immediately after the event called the comments "flippant".

Gillibrand's early opposition to the waiver came less than an hour after Trump announced he would tap Mattis for the Pentagon. Congress has granted a similar exception just once, when Gen. George C. Marshall was appointed to the job in 1950. The provision is meant to assure civilian control over the military.

"If we tell our veterans enough that this is what is wrong with them they may actually start believing it", Mattis said during the same event in San Francisco. "I don't think any of us who have ever fought in wars liked to kill anybody". Mattis was active in the military less than four years ago.

Richard Fontaine, president of the Center for a New American Security, described Mattis as a defense intellectual and as a military leader who distinguished himself in combat.

As head of the Central Command from 2010 until his retirement in 2013, he was in charge of both the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. "He's reassuring in that he has broad support and has spoken thoughtfully about worldwide issues".



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