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The US Senate on Friday overwhelmingly voted to confirm retired Marine general James Mattis as defense secretary for President Donald Trump. Mattis's confirmation, the first action taken by senators after Trump was sworn in, passed by a 98-1 majority. Lawmakers had first passed a special waiver allowing Mattis, who retired in 2013, to serve before a customary seven-year limit on former military personnel assuming the Pentagon's top post.
WASHINGTON (AP) — Wasting little time to fill two critical national security posts, the Republican-led Senate overwhelmingly confirmed the two retired Marine generals President Donald Trump tapped to run the Pentagon and secure America's borders.