The Wall Street Journal: Senate confirms James Mattis as defense secretary

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate on Friday confirmed retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis as the secretary of defense, approving a central member of President Donald Trump’s national security team just hours after the new president was sworn into office.

Mattis, who drew early support from both sides of the aisle, was confirmed in a 98-1 vote.

Both chambers of Congress enabled Mattis’s confirmation by approving last week a one-time exception to a law that stipulates a person must be out of uniform for seven years before he or she is eligible to become secretary of defense. Trump signed the waiver Friday in one of his first acts as president.

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