James Mattis sworn in as Trump’s defense secretary

He was confirmed by the Senate hours after Trump was sworn in as the 45th president of the U.S. at Capitol Hill.
Retired Marine general James Mattis was sworn in Friday as USA defense secretary, praising intelligence agencies and calling for stronger ties with allies in a break from positions taken by President Donald Trump.McConnell had wanted Pompeo confirmed Friday, but Democrats objected on grounds that they wanted more time for a public debate over his nomination.Craig Faller, now the service’s chief of legislative affairs, was chosen to serve as Mattis’ senior military assistant, said Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a Pentagon spokesman. She says she is confident that Kelly understands cybersecurity threats facing the country as well as the opioid and heroin problems in America and Wisconsin. Congress passed the waiver last week.Trump also mentioned Kelly, his nominee to lead the Department of Homeland Security.U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. July 25, 2016.

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General James “Mad Dog” Mattis has now been confirmed by the Senate as Mr Trump’s defence secretary and Sir Michael drew attention to his experience as a former North Atlantic Treaty Organisation commander as he congratulated him on taking up his post.The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing on the defense budget for fiscal 2018 and beyond with testimony from outside experts at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Hart Senate Office Building, room 216. He said before the votes that confirming Mattis and Kelly was “not enough” to get Trump’s national security team in place.The Pentagon, he added, is “devoted to gaining full value from every taxpayer dollar spent on defense, thereby earning the trust of Congress and the American people”.A vote on the third member of Trump’s national security team – Central Intelligence Agency director nominee Mike Pompeo – was put off until next week as key Democrats called for more time to debate his nomination.Mattis, one of the most influential military officers of his generation, retired from the Marine Corps in 2013 as the four-star chief of US Central Command. She’s repeatedly cited the importance of upholding the tradition of civilian control over the military as the reason for her decision not to support the waiver. The committee is scheduled to vote Monday on his nomination.