President Donald Trump has thrown the U.S. military and defense establishment into disarray in the span of just two weeks with the dual humiliatingoustings. But at least one of Trump’s vaulted generals is sitting (relatively) pretty and with an approval rating only a touch under the Prez: Secretary of Defense James Mattis.
Defense Secretary James Mattis has scoffed at a New York Times story that claims the National Security Council does not feel the Pentagon has provided President Trump with robust military options to counter North Korea’s nuclear weapons program.
The Trump administration is debating a "bloody nose" attack on North Korea, recent reports say, with the president's inner circle split and apparently teetering between endorsing a strike and holding out hope for diplomacy.
Last March, in his first public testimony after being confirmed as secretary of defense, retired Marine general James Mattis delivered a strong message to lawmakers tasked with overseeing the Pentagon’s budget: The future of America’s forever wars rests in your hands.
Hours after President Donald Trump tweeted that “talking is not the answer” in regard to the increasingly tense situation with North Korea, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis emphasized diplomacy as the path forward.