Donald Trump has selected retired Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis to run the Department of Defense, the Washington Post reported on Thursday.
Because Mattis is recently retired, his confirmation will also require Congress to pass a law ending of the prohibition against those who’ve served active duty within the last seven years from serving a civilian post.
“General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis, who is being considered for Secretary of Defense, was very impressive yesterday,” the president-elect tweeted several weeks ago, after meeting with Mattis. “A true General’s General!”
General James "Mad Dog" Mattis, who is being considered for Secretary of Defense, was very impressive yesterday. A true General's General!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2016
Following the Republican primary season, Mattis was frequently named as a possible candidate among “Never Trump” conservatives looking for an alternative to voting for Trump or Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton.