Report: Trump picks Mattis for defense secretary

12/1, 10:39 PM (Source: TeleTrader.com)

United States President-elect Donald Trump has picked retired Marine Corps general James Mattis (pictured right) to serve as secretary of defense in his administration, the Washington Post reported on Thursday citing sources close to the matter.

First predictions that Mattis will be the new U.S. defense secretary emerged after Trump met with the retired general last week. The president-elect called Mattis “very impressive” and stated he was “seriously considering” him for the post.

Before retiring in 2013, Mattis took part in numerous U.S. military operations including those in Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2010 he was chosen by President Barack Obama to head the United States Central Command responsible for the Middle East, North Africa and Central Asia.

Neither Mattis nor the Trump transition team have commented on the report. The official announcement is expected next week.

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