Politico

Mattis, Kelly sworn in to national security posts

Written by Lisa

Vice President Mike Pence on Friday evening swore in retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to lead the Pentagon and retired Marine Gen. John Kelly to become the next Homeland Security secretary.

The ceremony came shortly after the Senate confirmed the two nominees, giving President Donald Trump two critical members of his national security team on his first day in office.

The two nominees were easily confirmed, with Mattis receiving a vote of 98-1 and Kelly receiving a vote of 88-11.

A four-star general who retired in 2013, Mattis required a waiver to take the top Pentagon job since he hasn’t been out of uniform for at least seven years.

Congress, though, approved legislation exempting him from the requirement last week, and Trump signed it into law as one of his first acts as president.

Kelly, a four-star general who had been head of the U.S. Southern Command, retired from the Marines in 2016.

Continue

About the author

Lisa

Leave a Comment