James Mattis confirmed by Senate as new US Defence Secretary

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James Mattis, US President Donald Trump’s pick for US Defence Secretary, was easily confirmed by the Senate on Friday. In an overwhelming vote, Mattis became the first confirmed member of Trump’s cabinet, hours after Trump was sworn in as the 45th US President, Xinhua news agency reported.

Earlier, Trump signed a waiver legislation after his inauguration to clear a legal barrier for Mattis to take office. Under the US law, a former service member is barred from running the Pentagon less than seven years after retirement from military. Mattis only retired in 2013 as the Commander of the US Central Command. Trump signed the measure to grant Mattis an one-time exception.

Earlier, Trump signed a waiver legislation after his inauguration to clear a legal barrier for Mattis to take office. Under the US law, a former service member is barred from running the Pentagon less than seven years after retirement from military. Mattis only retired in 2013 as the Commander of the US Central Command. Trump signed the measure to grant Mattis an one-time exception. Read More…

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