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Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis listens to questions at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
Defense Secretary-designate James Mattis listens to questions at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2017. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)
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Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, President-elect Donald Trump's nominee to serve as secretary of defense, appears before the Senate Armed Services Committee on Thursday.

Here & Now's Robin Young speaks with NPR national security editor Phil Ewing (@philewing) about the questions Mattis faces, and the general's response.

This segment aired on January 12, 2017.

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