But according to a report from The Washington Post citing unnamed sources in the Trump transition team and the Mattis camp, in the weeks since Mattis was announced as Pentagon chief, there has been consistent sparring between the general and Trump’s inner circle.
Mattis apparently learned from the news media that Trump had tapped a close ally, Vincent Viola, an Army veteran and billionaire, for the position of Army secretary.
“Mattis was furious,” an anonymous source told the Post. “It made him suspicious of the transition team, and things devolved from there.”
Mattis reportedly wants influence into how those key Pentagon posts are staffed, and that has not necessarily been occurring. Mattis has since rejected all of the names the Trump transition team has offered for key positions like undersecretary of defense for intelligence. There is further tension over the post of undersecretary of defense for policy, which Trump ally Mira Ricardel is reportedly preferred for by those inside the Trump camp. Mattis is viewed as unlikely to accept her nomination.
“Let’s put it this way, he’s being very picky about the options presented to him,” the anonymous source told the Post.
Islamic state members walk in the last besieged neighborhood in the village of Baghouz, Deir Al Zor province, Syria February 18, 2019. (Reuters/Rodi Said)
NEAR BAGHOUZ, Syria (Reuters) - The Islamic State appeared closer to defeat in its last enclave in eastern Syria on Wednesday, as a civilian convoy left the besieged area where U.S.-backed forces estimate a few hundred jihadists are still holed up.
Russian President Vladimir Putin fires a fortress cannon. (Associated Press/Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin)
Russian President Vladimir Putin warned Wednesday that Russia will target the U.S. with new weapons should Washington decide to deploy intermediate-range ballistic missiles (ICBMs) to Europe following the recent death of a Cold War-era arms control agreement, according to multiple reports.
He threatened to target not only the host countries where U.S. missiles might be stationed but also decision-making centers in the U.S.
U.S. Air Force Airmen assigned to the 317th Airlift Wing walk to waiting family members and friends after stepping off of a C-130J Super Hercules at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, Sept. 17, 2018 (U.S. Air Force/Airman 1st Class Mercedes Porter)
The U.S. Air Force has issued new guidelines for active-duty, reserve and National Guard airmen who are considered non-deployable, and officials will immediately begin flagging those who have been unable to deploy for 12 consecutive months for separation consideration.