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It Looks Like We Won’t Be Seeing Mattis In The Trump Administration

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 Lt. Gen. James Mattis, the commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command, speaks to the Marines of the maintenance section from Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 121 on the Al Asad flightline, May 6.

Lt. Gen. James Mattis, the commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces Central Command, speaks to the Marines of the maintenance section from Marine All-Weather Fighter Attack Squadron 121 on the Al Asad flightline, May 6.

President-elect Donald Trump’s roster of transition team and possible cabinet members just got shorter thanks to national security advisors Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn and Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg.

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According to NBC News, the list, originally curated by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, and Sessions' chief of staff, Rick Dearborn, was significantly cut down by Flynn, Kellogg, and Trump’s inner circle of family members and friends.

On Nov. 17, NBC reported that Flynn crossed out a number of leading candidates for national security and intelligence positions endorsed by Christie and Sessions, including Marine Gen. James Mattis, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, Navy Adm. William McRaven, and former House Intelligence chairman Mike Rogers.

Flynn, who is still under consideration for National Security Adviser, did not respond to NBC News’ request for comment.

Watch Gen. James Mattis offer leadership lessons in a recent video produced by the Marine Corps.