The white house would not interfere with James Mattis to head the Pentagon
WASHINGTON, January 13. /Offset. TASS Andrey Shitov/. The white house would not interfere with James Mattis, nominated by the elected President of the United States Donald trump for the post of defense Minister, to head the Pentagon. Press Secretary of the incumbent President of the USA Josh Ernest confirmed this on a regular briefing for journalists in the White house.
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He was asked whether Barack Obama to sign an amendment to the law necessary for the approval of Mattis as Secretary of defense. He replied that “it’s not the kind of thing that the White house would be to prevent.” “If the document will be on the table for Obama, he will sign it,” said the spokesman.
Under American law, the Pentagon can’t be persons who retired from active military service less than seven years ago . Meanwhile, Mattis only in 2013 left the post of head of the Central command of the U.S. armed forces, in the sphere of operational responsibility which includes primarily the middle East. Before in U.S. history, Congress only once did that except for General George Marshall in 1950.
Now some Senate Democrats have warned that will not make an exception for Mattis and to support his candidacy.
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Committee on armed services of the Senate passed a bill allowing Mattis to become the chief of the Pentagon