President-elect Donald Trump to nominate Gen. Mattis as his secretary of defense

President-elect Donald Trump will nominate retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as his secretary of defense, the President-elect announced Thursday in Cincinnati at the beginning of his post-election tour. “We are going to appoint Mad Dog Mattis as our secretary of defense. But we’re not announcing it until Monday so don’t tell anybody,” Trump said at his rally, adding later, “They say he’s the closest thing to Gen. George Patton that we have and it’s about time.”

Trump made the announcement during a post-election victory rally Thursday in Cincinnati.

Mattis retired in 2013 after serving as the commander of the U.S. Central Command.

In a tweet Sunday, Trump referred to Mattis by his nickname “Mad Dog” and described him as “A true General’s General!”

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