Trump to Nominate Mattis for Defense Secretary

WASHINGTON (AP) -
President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as he leaves Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on Nov. 19. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
President-elect Donald Trump shakes hands with retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as he leaves Trump National Golf Club Bedminster on Nov. 19. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Donald Trump is turning to a military man to steer the U.S. military, choosing retired Gen. James Mattis, who will be the first career officer to lead the Pentagon since just after World War II.

Mattis, 66, is a Marine Corps general who retired in 2013 after serving as commander of the U.S. Central Command, responsible for directing America’s wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

The president-elect, who has referred to Mattis by his nickname “Mad Dog,” made the announcement of his choice for defense secretary at a post-election victory rally in Cincinnati Thursday night.