U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, said Mattis has a strong military record but “our forefathers built civilian control of the military into the constitution for a reason and waiving that requirement is something we cannot take lightly.”
“I have great respect for General Mattis’ leadership in the military and I look forward to meeting with him and examining his record more closely throughout the confirmation process,” said Brown. “Regardless of the outcome of the confirmation process, I will work closely with the next secretary of Defense to ensure that Wright-Patterson has the resources it needs to help secure our nation’s security.”
Gen. James Mattis (AP Photo/Evan Vucci, File)
U.S. Rep. Mike Turner, R-Dayton, who chairs the House Armed Services Tactical Air and Land Subcommittee, called Trump’s choice “an encouraging step forward” that “makes it clear that President-elect Trump is serious about rebuilding our military and keeping national defense a top priority.”
U.S. Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Cincinnati, said Mattis is a “solid choice.”
“General Mattis is a well-respected leader, and he’s had an impressive career.”
Mattis will view decisions from the perspective of a “warfighter in the trenches, facing an enemy,” said Loren Thompson, chief operating officer of the Lexington Institute, an Arlington, Va.-based conservative think tank.
“Mattis is one of the greatest U.S. warfighters of his generation,” Thompson said. “Mattis is exceptionally qualified to judge and manage military affairs. Congress would have a great difficulty opposing him.”
Mattis is likely to influence Trump to back away from campaign rhetoric questioning NATO, Mansoor said.
“I think it’s president-elect Trump’s strongest pick yet,” Mansoor said. “This is a very experienced, knowledgeable, intelligent man who I think is the right fit for the Trump Administration because he will be working with a president who has almost no knowledge of national security or foreign affairs.”
Retired Marine Corps. Gen. James Mattis
Nickname: “Mad Dog”
Commander of U.S. Central Command 2010-2013
Commander of U.S. Joint Forces Command
NATO Supreme Allied Commander for Transformation