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Ukraine friendly General Mattis becomes US Pentagon Head
09:30, 19 January 2017
Ukraine friendly General Mattis becomes US Pentagon Head

26 Committee Senators voted for, 1 - against

09:30, 19 January 2017

Associated Press

The U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to recommend President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Secretary of Defense, retired Marine General James Mattis. This was reported by Reuters.

The committee voted 26-1 to back Mattis' nomination when it is received by the full Senate from Trump after he is sworn in as president. As a result, Mattis' nomination will be sent directly to the Senate for a vote without referral to the committee.

Related: US Senate amends law to make Mattis Pentagon head

The identity of the senator who voted against Mattis was not announced.

Earlier it was reported that the Congress cleared the way for Mattis' quick confirmation last week by backing a waiver that would allow him to lead the Pentagon despite retiring from active duty as a Marine general only in 2013.

Related: Pentagon Chairman: Possibilities for cooperation with Russia reduced

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