U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (L) and Vice President-elect Mike Pence (R) greet retired Marine General James Mattis for a meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar
NPR: Ret. Army Gen. Jack Keane Says He Declined Offer To Be Defense Secretary
President-elect Donald Trump asked him to serve as secretary of defense, retired four-star general Jack Keane tells NPR's Rachel Martin — but Keane declined the offer, citing personal reasons. Keane says he recommended retired generals James Mattis and David Petraeus for the job.
Mattis and Petraeus are seen as the front-runners to lead the Defense Department — and in light of recent reports that portrayed Mattis and Keane as Trump's top choices, Mattis would now seem to be the top pick.
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WNU Editor: It looks like retired General James Mattis is being offered the top job .... Trump confirms he is considering Mattis for U.S. defense post (Reuters). What's my take .... Ret. Army Gen. Jack Keane would not have been a good choice .... as for Ret. General Mattis .... as I had mentioned yesterday I would be shocked if he is given the post .... so I am telling myself .... be prepared to be shocked.
Update: Yup .... this is clearly an endorsement of Ret. General Mattis .... see President-Elect Trump tweet below:
General James "Mad Dog" Mattis, who is being considered for Secretary of Defense, was very impressive yesterday. A true General's General!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 20, 2016