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President-elect Donald Trump (left) shakes hands with his selection for defense secretary, retired U.S. Marine Gen. James Mattis, after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, Nov. 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, N.J. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
President-elect Donald Trump (left) shakes hands with his selection for defense secretary, retired U.S. Marine Gen. James Mattis, after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, Nov. 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, N.J. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

As we wait to learn who Donald Trump will tab for secretary of state, reaction continues to come in to his choice for defense secretary, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis.

Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with Tom Ricks (@tomricks1), a national security adviser at New America who has a surprising take on the Mattis nomination.

This segment aired on December 5, 2016.

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