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The politically moderate bipartisan Mattis has sought to bring in various progressives into the Trump Administration, whom he served with in the past. Which many DC insiders see as part of a larger Democrat strategy:
“Part of the Democrats’ strategy is to force Trump to be reliant on Obama appointees,” says Alabama congressman and Armed Services Committee member Mo Brooks. One Republican member of Congress specifically pointed to Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work, an Obama holdover, who “negotiated the $603 billion number with the Senate Democrats” and “is advising Mattis this is the best you can do, essentially negotiating against ourselves from the get-go.”
Shockingly, Mattis had originally held a spot for Michele Flournoy, Undersecretary of Defense for Policy under President Obama. Flournoy was once dubbed as ‘Hillary Clinton’s Defense Secretary in waiting’. Mattis wanted Flournoy as Deputy Defense Secretary, a spot temporarily held by Obama administration holdover Robert Work.
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Mattis also continues to push for the nomination of Rudy DeLeon to serve as Undersecretary for Personnel and Readiness. DeLeon works at George Soros’ Center For American Progress. Moreover, like Mattis, DeLeon supports the Iran Nuclear Deal.
Further, DeLeon added his name to a letter with other top foreign policy officials denouncing the President’s original travel ban.
Mattis was successful in getting former Marine Corps pilot and Wall Street banker Richard V. Spencer nominated as the next Secretary of the Navy. Spencer is part of the Center for a New American Security, a Left-leaning think tank. However, Mattis did lose his fight with Congress
Mattis did lose his fight with Congress trying to get Anne Patterson as Undersecretary for Policy. Senators Ted Cruz and Tom Cotton opposed Patterson, Obama’s former-Ambassador to Egypt. They opposed her, because of her close association to the Muslim Brotherhood and then-Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi. The Egyptian military overthrew Morsi in 2013.
Never Say ‘Never-Trump’ In DC
Part of the problem for the Trump Administration, Republicans, and everyone with an updated resume inside the Washington Beltway was that a large number of the GOP national security community vocally opposed Trump during the presidential election.
Many went as far as to declare him unfit to serve in the White House. Members of the President’s own party have been just as much a hindrance to his policies as Democrats have been.
The Secretary of Defense oversees the armed forces and overall security of the country. This should be a bipartisan effort. If he faces obstacles from his own party, the General will find ways Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome challenges.
Sadly, Secretary Mattis opts to tap obstructionists from the previous administration that he was at odds with, instead of giving new and fresh blood people an opportunity to serve.
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