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Retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis was confirmed as Defense secretary shortly after President Donald Trump’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

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For the first time in its history the Department of Veterans Affairs will be headed by a non-veteran. While speaking at a press conference on Jan. 11, President-elect Donald Trump announced that David Shulkin, the current Under Secretary for Health at the VA, will take over as the department’s head if confirmed.

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President-elect Donald Trump has selected retired Marine Gen. James Mattis to serve as his secretary of defense, according to the Washington Post. An official announcement is likely by early next week.

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As President-elect Donald Trump vets individuals for his cabinet, a number of rumored candidates have emerged as frontrunners, such as Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis for secretary of Defense and Gen. John Kelly for secretary of State or Homeland Security.

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