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Retired Gen. 'Mad Dog' Mattis eyed for Pentagon

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>> The President-elect back in Trump Tower, Monday, for more transition talks. After a whirl of weekend meetings, spun out a surprise name on the shortlist for the Pentagon, General James, Mad Dog, Mattis. Known for his tough talk and ground experience in Afghanistan and Iraq. Trump tweeting the now retired 40-year Marine veteran, was very impressive and a General's General.
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Mattis was a commander in the early stages of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, known for inspiring devotion among American troops. Pentagon correspondent Phil Stewart.>> So if the military could vote for who their Secretary would be, my guess is a lot of them would vote for Jim Mattis.
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He's known for a lot of his most colorful expressions that embrace the job of the military, which is to go and fight wars, and to try and win them. A famous quote from 2003, Mattis said, his Marines needed to be polite, be professional, but to have a plan to kill everyone they met.
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>> The 66 year old Mattis ran the military's Central Command from 2010 to 2013. Where he clashed with the Obama administration over threats from Iran, which he thought were being underplayed by the White House.>> It would also add another very firm Iran skeptic into President-elect Trump's cabinet.
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You already have Michael Flynn as a National Security Advisor. Flint has been very outright in his comments that have really put Iran on the agenda of the new administration. The new head of the CIA would also be very wary of Iran. So you're getting a cabinet of people that are outwardly wary of Iran.
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And you can see Iran really moving up the national security agenda in a way we haven't seen in a very long time.>> For Trump, another flurry of meetings on the docket Monday, including former Texas governor Rick Perry, also being weighed for the Pentagon, who once called Trump a cancer on conservatism.
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And another name even more surprising, Hawaii Congresswoman, Tulsi Gabbard. A democrat who staunchly supported Bernie Sanders in the primaries. Trump's team insisting, not all of those meeting with Trump are being considered for posts in his White House.