President-elect Donald Trump has been hard at work in recent weeks meeting with business leaders and politicians from all over the world. He has already helped to negotiate keeping jobs in the US as well as bringing more in.
Trump has announced several key cabinet appointments and his transition team is hard at work preparing for the transfer of power that will occur in January.
But that has not stopped the President-elect from taking time out of his busy schedule to thank those who helped him win the presidency last month.
A surprise visitor appeared with him on Tuesday while on his “Thank You Tour.”
Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis (Ret.) appeared with Trump at a tour stop in Fayetteville, NC. Mattis is Trump’s nominee for Secretary of Defense. Trump said that Mattis is the “living embodiment of the Marine Corps – ‘Semper Fidelis’, Always Faithful.”
Mattis is an experienced field commander in the Middle East and is also the former commander of US Central Command.
The secretary of defense-in waiting spoke briefly, willing and ready to serve his country again.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to return to our troops, our families and the civilians in the Department of Defense,” Mattis said. “With our allies strengthened, with our country strengthened, I look forward to being the civilian leader” at the Pentagon.
Mattis’ confirmation will likely face some challenges. Democrats are already complaining about statements he made years ago. His confirmation also faces the additional challenge of a waiver to serve. Federal law mandates that a nominee would require a waiver to serve if he/she has not been retired from active military duty for at least seven years.
News of Mattis’ nomination was widely met with praise by the military. Former and active duty soldiers alike took to social media sharing their pictures and stories of the general.
h/t: Fox News