President-elect Donald Trump has chosen James Mattis, a highly respected retired Marine four-star general, to head the Defense Department, filling in a crucial national security position in the emerging Cabinet.
"We are going to appoint Mad Dog Mattis as our secretary of Defense," Trump told a crowd of supporters in Cincinnati on Thursday night, referring to the retired general by his nickname.
Mattis served 44 years in the Marine Corps before he retired in 2013. He headed U.S. Central Command in his final three years and oversaw the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan as well as other military operations in the Middle East.
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North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, a Democratic lawmaker representing a solid red state, will meet with the Republican president-elect Friday in connection with a potential Cabinet appointment. The senator was to discuss two specific posts: secretary of Energy or of the Interior, according to a person familiar with the meeting agenda.
Adding Heitkamp to Trump's Cabinet and removing her from the Senate could help Republicans increase their narrow majority in the chamber, which shrunk by two seats in last month's election.
Russian President Vladimir Putin – whose international aims are under scrutiny as Donald Trump prepares to assume the U.S. presidency – reined in the anti-Western rhetoric in a major speech Thursday.
In his annual state-of-the-nation address delivered from an ornate assembly room in the Kremlin, Putin avoided the harsh references to Washington that are often a hallmark of such high-profile ceremonial speeches. Instead, he focused on Russia’s domestic and economic challenges and painted his government as averse to international friction.
“We don’t want confrontation with anyone – we don’t need it,” official media outlets quoted him as telling an assemblage of Russian political elite. “We are not seeking and have never sought enemies. We need friends.”
Donald Trump arrives Thursday in Indiana to tout the saving of about 1,000 American jobs — and to add yet more positive shine to an image honed daily with his effervescent use of social media.
Trump claimed this week on Twitter that he’d persuaded the Carrier heating and air conditioning firm to retain many of the jobs it planned to send to Mexico — a plan that Trump regularly criticized during his campaign.
Then he announced that he will change his relationship with his namesake development company. The Internet roared with assertions that Trump was going to leave his company entirely — thus lessening obvious conflicts of interest — even though Trump had not gone that far.