James. Jim, sure. Jimbo, maybe. Mad Dog, never. "Chaos," always.

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Is The Mattis-Trump Honeymoon Over?

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Relations may be souring between President-elect Donald Trump and the legendary Marine general he has tapped to be his secretary of defense, Marine Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis.

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I first met Marine Gen. James Mattis in the summer of 2000 when he took command of the 1st Marine Expeditionary Brigade. After his change of command ceremony, I introduced myself as his new public affairs officer. “PAO, huh?” Mattis said. “What, are you going to follow me around all day and make sure I don’t say ‘fuck?’”

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Legendary Marine Corps Gen. James “Mad Dog” Mattis has emerged as the top choice for President-elect Donald Trump’s secretary of Defense. However, he faces one big obstacle: The law requires those who serve in this post be retired from active-duty military service for seven years prior to appointment. Because Mattis retired in 2013, he would need Congress to make a legislative exemption for the time requirement.

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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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