Military

Trump transition team clashing with Mattis

President-elect Donald Trump‘s pick to lead the Pentagon is battling transition officials over appointments to the Defense Department, according to a new report.

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis has been rejecting large numbers of candidates offered by the transition team for several top posts, reports The Washington Post.

It described an “increasingly acrimonious dispute” over top appointments at the Pentagon between Mattis and the Trump transition team.

The fighting began, according to the report, when Mattis learned through the news media that Trump had selected Vincent Viola, a billionaire Army veteran, to become Army secretary.

“Mattis was furious,” a source told the Post. “It made him suspicious of the transition team, and things devolved from there.”

Mattis has swatted down the transition team’s picks for undersecretary of Defense for intelligence and is unlikely to accept a leader of Trump’s transition team, Mira Ricardel, a former Bush Pentagon appointee, for a top job.

The Trump transition team in a statement to the Post said the transition is ahead of schedule.

“We are ahead of schedule with assembling the most qualified cabinet and administration in history. Any implication contrary to that is completely false and from sources who do not have any knowledge of our transition efforts,” the statement reads.

President Obama’s National Security Council (NSC) was known within the Pentagon to be notoriously micromanaging over policy and operations, and defense watchers are closely observing what relationship Trump will arrange with his Defense Department.

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source: http://thehill.com/policy/defense/313033-trump-transition-team-clashing-with-mattis-report


  • Karen Naylor

    CAPS ARE OLD EYES AND MY CRIPPLED HANDS. NOT YELLING. THERE IS A SYSTEM IN ALL BRANCHES TO WHITTLE DOWN THE TROOPS SO THAT JUST NORMAL PEOPLE ARE IN UNIFORM. THERE ARE IN JOKES ABOUT CERTAIN NEW OFFICERS, BUT THEY ALWAYS CALM DOWN AND THEIR FEET DO TOUCH GROUND. IF SOMEONE IS NOT FIT FOR THE JOB THEY ARE NOT GIVEN HIGHER RANK. SOME ARE ROUTED OUT OF UNIFORM. THIS MAN BECAME A GENERAL BECAUSE HE DID A GOOD JOB. HE KNOWS WHAT HE IS DOING. TRUMP TRUSTS HIM. THINK WE SHOULD WAIT AND SEE WHAT HAPPENS ONCE EVERYBODY IS IN PLACE AND SEE WHAT SEE WHAT HAPPENS BEFORE GO OFF THE DEEP END.E BEFORE WE JUMP OFF THE DEEP END.

    • GrizzMann

      I know what you mean. most of my working years I had to use upper case. JFK, ORD, SUX, etc..

      • Karen Naylor

        THANK YOU. I KNOW CAPS BOTHER MANY PEOPLE. COMPUTERS ARE NOT EASY FOR ME AS YOU CAN SEE BUT I AM A NOSEY OLD BROAD WHO CAN’T JUST LEAVE THE EARTH ALONE. I SEE SO MANY PEOPLE NOT SEEING THE BIG PICTURE AND WORSE THERE IS SOMETHING WE CAN ALL DO TO GIVE MANKIND A CHANCE AT SURVIVAL AND FEW DOING IT.

        • GrizzMann

          There are only upper characters on the key board.

        • Billy

          God Bless you Karen Naylor. You continue to do it any way you can because your voice is still important. Probably more important than most. By the way, I agree with your statement 100%.

    • Vangie Martinez

      AGREE

    • Steven B Piersma

      I HEAR YOU MUSTBE A LIBTARD COMPLAINING ABOUT CAPS ASK THEM IFTHEIR EARS ARE BLEEDING WHO ARE THEY TO DECIDE THAT CAPS ARE YELLING SOME LIBTARD

  • Keith Kyle

    General Mattis knows who he can trust in sensitive positions and the choices should be his. Not some political appointees that may or may not be qualified and team players.

    • Ronal Rocco

      Without question!

  • JIMBO

    I see nothing wrong with disagreement. It is actually healthy. I do see something wrong with not telling us why the General is unhappy.

  • daveveselenak

    The two-headed, one party NWO totalitarian oligarchy continues to roll on, no matter who the lead stooge is or what party he/she is from! REVOLUTION will be the SOLUTION guaranteed! Armr===============================?, we will be needing them!