Trump taps 'Mad Dog' Mattis for defense secretary

US President-elect Donald Trump speaks during the USA Thank You Tour at the US Bank Arena in Cincinnati, OhioUS President-elect Donald Trump said he has picked the tough-talking retired general James Mattis to be his defense secretary as he soaked up adulation at a buoyant Ohio rally that recalled this year’s rough-and-tumble campaign. “We are going to appoint ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis as our secretary of defense,” Trump told cheering supporters in Cincinnati, referring by nickname to the retired four-star Marine general who headed the US Central Command, with authority over US troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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