Donald Trump started off the campaign last year by saying….’ he wouldn’t rely on the ‘genera’s’..he was pretty smart himself.’…
Well that was then….
President Trump IS relying on one former general so much, that James Mattis is running his shop with little interference from Trump people….
James Mattis has the respect and therefore the support of the nation’s commander-in-chief who deferr’s to Mattis in most Defense related policy….
And THAT makes a LOT of people sleep easier every night….
James Mattis is quickly becoming one of the most powerful Defense secretaries in recent memory, with access to President Trump that few can match.
Trump last week gave the former Marine Corps general full authority to decide the number of additional U.S. troops sent to Afghanistan, a move that comes even before a war strategy has been set. The president has given Mattis similar authority in Iraq and Syria.
And while former President Obama talked frequently to his top commanders overseeing operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, Trump has instead chosen to speak only to Mattis and a handful of other Cabinet secretaries, according to a White House spokesman.
There is a “very, very close and good relationship” between Trump and Mattis, the spokesman said, describing frequent working dinners “almost on a weekly basis, sometimes more than once a week.”
The two are sometimes joined at the dinners by Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Joseph Dunford, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, national security adviser H.R. McMaster and Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, another former Marine Corps general.
But Mattis above all seems to command the most time with Trump.
“They talk very, very regularly, Mattis probably more than any Cabinet secretary,” the spokesman said.
Mattis enjoys strong bipartisan support on Capitol Hill. He was confirmed by the Senate in a 98-1 vote, with only Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) voting against him. No other Trump Cabinet nominee has come close to that level of support…..
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