November 20, 2016 / 2:05 PM / 2 years ago

Trump confirms he is considering Mattis for U.S. defense post

U.S. President-elect Donald Trump (L) greets retired Marine Gen. James Mattis for a meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, U.S., November 19, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Segar

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President-elect Donald Trump said on Sunday he is considering retired General James Mattis for U.S. defense secretary, a day after meeting with him in New Jersey.

Trump said in Twitter that Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general who previously headed U.S. Central Command, “was very impressive yesterday. A true General’s General!”

Reporting by David Shepardson; Editing by Will Dunham

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