Trump Announces James Mattis Who Called Israel “Apartheid” State as Defense Pick to Head Pentagon
James Mattis claims “Israeli settlements” are turning country into an “Apartheid” state — and now he will head the Pentagon.
President-elect Donald Trump on Thursday confirmed reports that he would be nominating retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as his pick for secretary of Defense.
Trump made the revelation in his first post-election rally in Cincinnati, Ohio, on Thursday evening, hours after The Washington Post first reported the selection.
“We are going to appoint ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as our secretary of Defense,” Trump told the crowd. “But we’re not announcing until Monday, so don’t tell anybody.”
Trump had publicly praised Mattis after their meeting at his golf course in New Jersey last month, calling the former military official “the real deal.”