Sunday, March 12, 2017

After 2 Months, Mattis Is Only Trump Pick At Pentagon

Robert Burns · Saturday, March 11, 2017, 4:08 pm

WASHINGTON (AP) — Jim Mattis is not lonely in the Pentagon, but two months into his tenure as secretary of defense not a single political appointee has joined him.

The retired Marine general, who took office just hours after President Donald Trump was sworn in, has sparred with the White House over choices for high-priority civilian positions that, while rarely visible to the public, are key to developing and implementing defense policy at home and abroad.

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