- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Gen. James Mattis on Wednesday won the overwhelming backing of the Senate Armed Services Committee to be the next Defense Department secretary, leaving him in good position to be one of President-elect Donald Trump’s first Cabinet nominees to be approved.

The committee voted 26-1 for the retired Marine general.

Mr. Trump will officially submit the nomination when he’s inaugurated Friday, and Gen. Mattis can now be voted on directly by the entire Senate — though no time has been set.

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