General Mattis More Aligned With Obama Than President Trump

All of the major names the White House transition team has submitted for top Pentagon positions have been rejected by Mattis.

Both Army and Navy Secretary nominees, Vincent Viola and Philip Bilden (respectively), have dropped out of consideration.

Former New Mexico Congresswoman Heather Wilson, up for Air Force Secretary, has yet to receive a Committee hearing.

Former Virginia Congressman Randy Forbes, long-rumored to be in line for Navy Secretary, is seen as a longshot because of his adversarial relationship with Mattis.

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Because the White House Transition team will not consider any ‘Never Trumpers’ to the Pentagon leadership, Mattis has begun looking to appoint key Obama allies to important defense positions. According to the Washington Times:

Washington’s bitter political climate is far different today from the last transfer of power in 2009. Senate Democrats are resisting Mr. Trump and his agenda via the confirmation process.  There is a chance that some of the Defense Department’s 53 appointed positions requiring Senate confirmation will be vacant for a long time.

The 163 political appointees account for a smidgen of the Pentagon’s 25,000 employees, yet can, in the case of President Obama, drive the ship. They developed policies that led to openly gay troops, women in direct land combat, a new war in Iraq and climate change as a national security threat.

Which has angered Congressional Republicans:

A top Republican Capitol Hill staffer was quoted saying.

“We’ve waited eight years for this, to be able to fill these posts with Republicans.  We know Trump isn’t part of the establishment and that it’s going to be a bit different, but it should go without saying that a Republican administration is expected to staff federal agencies with Republicans.”


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