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    Trump Names Gen. ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis Secretary of Defense

    “Don’t let it out of this room.” Donald Trump jokingly asked a raucous victory rally in Cincinnati to keep it a secret that he’s chosen Mattis, who led U.S. Central Command until 2013, to head the Pentagon. The appointment will require Congress to reverse a law blocking defense secretaries from having been on active duty in the past seven years. Mattis has been sharply critical of Iran — and he’s said “political Islam” is America’s greatest threat — but doesn’t favor tearing up the Obama administration’s nuclear deal.

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