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Shane Savitsky Jan 6, 2017
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Mad Dog Mattis fight with Trump transition spills into public view

The Washington Post reported today that James Mattis, Trump's pick for Secretary of Defense, has been clashing with the transition team over appointments to top Pentagon posts. Some noted sources of tension for Mad Dog:

  • Learned about key Pentagon appointments, like Vincent Viola as Army Secretary, from the media
  • Rejected all transition suggestions for undersecretary of defense for intelligence, a powerful post
  • Clashing with Michael Flynn, Trump's pick for national security advisor.

The bigger picture: According to the report, the issues with Defense reflect a bigger problem with the transition — there's no real vision yet for how much leeway Cabinet members should have in running their own department.