Trump to nominate Gen. Mattis to lead Pentagon

Posted at 8:33 PM, Dec 01, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-01 20:33:45-05

WASHINGTON (AP) — President-elect Donald Trump says he will nominate retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to lead the Defense Department.

Trump made the announcement during a post-election victory rally Thursday in Cincinnati.

Mattis retired in 2013 after serving as the commander of the U.S. Central Command.

In a tweet Sunday, Trump referred to Mattis by his nickname “Mad Dog” and described him as “A true General’s General!”