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James Mattis approved as Defense secretary
10:39, 21 January 2017
James Mattis approved as Defense secretary

Earlier Mattis said that US should continue supporting Ukraine and increase its potential

10:39, 21 January 2017

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Donald Trump, who was sworn into office earlier on Friday, also signed a law that allows Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis, a retired U.S. Marine Corps general, to serve. This was reported by “Reuters”.

The bill had also been approved by the US Congress.

Trump put Mattis forward as a candidate for the Pentagon chief in early December.

The Congress also had to take a separate bill allowing Mattis to take the post of head of the military department.

The one-time exception was made for General Mattis, the “Mad Dog” from the law that forbids assigning former military officers that resigned less than seven years before the assignment. Mattis resigned in 2013.

Inauguration of Donald Trump took place on January 20, 2017. President Donald Trump and Vice President Michael Pence took oath of the office. You can recall the full chain of events by reading special broadcast of 112.international.

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