Trump pick for Defense Secretary will need special law to take post
Posted: 4:05 am Saturday, December 3rd, 2016
By Jamie Dupree
As President-Elect Donald Trump has made clear that he will choose former Marine General James Mattis for the job of Secretary of Defense, Mr. Trump will need the Congress to specifically waive a federal law that requires officers to wait seven years between active duty and taking the job as the Pentagon chief.
General James "Mad Dog" Mattis, who is being considered for Secretary of Defense, was very impressive yesterday. A true General's General!
Back in 1950, the debate over Marshall also stirred passions in the Senate, which took several days to finally approve the waiver and his nomination.
At the time, Senate Republicans denounced the idea of allowing Marshall to gain an exemption for the post of Defense Secretary; as one GOP Senator during debate labeled Marshall a “well-intentioned stooge.”
This time, the party labels will be switched, as a Republican President seeks the exemption from the Congress, with Democrats playing the role of the opposition party.
As for Mattis, he is very well respected – it doesn’t take long to find his supporters:
My USMC days are long past me but I would pick up a rifle and swan dive into a volcano tomorrow if Mattis asked me. He'd lead the way down.