According to The Wall Street Journal, citing people familiar with the situation around the formation of a new administration, the main contender for the post of Minister of defense is retired General James Mattis, who under Barack Obama while head of the Central command of the armed forces, responsible for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. It is expected that in the near future Mattis will personally meet with trump.
Mattis, who commanded us troops during the military conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq, was known as a tough commander of Marines. In particular, he is accused raised the killing of 42 civilians in 2004. Then, on the orders of Mattis was struck by the cluster of suspected terrorism in the Iraqi city. Later it turned out that in the desert, the people celebrated the wedding. Mattis refused to apologize for their actions.
In the post of the head of Central command, Mattis repeatedly made harsh statements against Iran, demanding the power to stop weapons of the Islamic Republic.
During the election campaign, Mattis, according to the publication the Daily Beast, offered to act as a candidate, “third parties” to siphon votes from trump, but a retired General, refused.
Other candidates for the post of head of the Pentagon’s WSJ called the former commander of us forces in Iraq and Afghanistan, David Petraeus, and General Jack Keane, who during the election campaign was one of trump’s advisers.
November 12 Washington Post claimed that the applicants for the post of Minister of defense of the United States are Senator Kelly Iott, the General-the Lieutenant in resignation of Joseph Kellogg, the former head of military intelligence, Michael Flynn, and the Senator from Alabama Jeff Sessions.