The U.S. Senate approved General marine Corps retired James Mattis as head of the Pentagon in the administration of U.S. President Donald trump. About it reports The Washington Post.
This appointment was the first after the entry of the trump position.
According to us law to lead the Pentagon may be the only one person who was not involved in the service for seven years prior to appointment. However Matiss left the service in 2013. So he became Minister of defense, required the approval of Congress. And although the vote is still ongoing, the appointment of Mattis already approved by 70 senators, enough to appointment. Congress made such an exception only once — in 1950, when the Minister of defense was General George Marshall.
“I was not involved in the presidential campaign and I can confidently say that did not seek and did not expect that I will be able to take office in the new administration. It would be a great honour for me, if I can justify [hope] all those who willingly support and defend the Constitution and protect our people,” — said Matiss after trump offered him to take a position in his team.
45-the President of the United States called Mattis “one of our great generals.” After retirement he worked at the Hoover Institute as a visiting fellow. Mattis served in the infantry ‘ 41. Under former US President Barack Obama for some time he was the head of the Central command of the armed forces, which was responsible for operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Former U.S. Secretary of defense Ashton Carter praised Mattis as the candidate for his post.
“I know General James Mattis for many years and I have a very high opinion of him. I will continue to do everything in my power to ensure a smooth transition in the Ministry of defence,” — said in the message published on behalf of the crankcase on the website of the Pentagon.