President-elect Donald Trump has reportedly chosen General James Mattis to be his first Secretary of Defense.
The Washington Post confirmed on Thursday that Trump has chosen the much respected general who is known throughout military circles as the “Warrior Monk.”
According to the Post, Trump must first have Congress “pass new legislation to bypass a federal law stating that defense secretaries must not have been on active duty in the previous seven years.” The Post notes that Congress gave General George Marshall the same pass in the 1950s.
With Mattis, Trump has picked a well-respected career military man who is known throughout the world for devoting his life to the Armed Forces.
In a late November meeting, Mattis reportedly told Trump that compassion and patience were preferred when dealing with the enemy.
According to reports, Mattis surprised the president when he told him that he didn’t support waterboarding.
“I’ve always found, give me a pack of cigarettes and a couple of beers and I do better with that than I do with torture,'” Mattis is alleged to have said.