Shortly after President Trump was sworn into office, the Senate has confirmed retired Marine General James Mattis as the Defense Secretary and retired Marine General John Kelly as the homeland Security Secretary. General Mattis was the first to be confirmed as President Trump’s Secretary of Defense shortly after Trump’s inauguration.
The retired Marine General Mattis recently served as commander of the U.S. Central Command and he’s highly respected by both Republicans and Democrats for his service in the military. General Mattis retired from the military back in 2013, this implies that he needed a waiver to bypass a law that clearly states that Defense Secretaries must be out of uniform for at least seven years from military service.
The Congress easily passed the waiver last week and then President Trump signed the waiver legislation as his first act of President. Despite, some Democrats expressing their concerns about granting Mattis the waiver as they cited the need to maintain civilian control of the military, their concerns were not adequate to hinder Mattis from becoming Pentagon Chief.
The Senate also voted to confirm Kelly for Department of Homeland Security. Kelly is a 45-year old Marine whose impeccable credentials have made him a four-star general. Fortunately, Kelly has an expansive wealth of experience that enables him to understand the real threat. Kelly also happens to share the same opinion on the Southern border as the easiest way for those who intend to harm America. The border will be made secure and all threats will be eliminated with Kelly at the helm.
It's worth noting that General Kelly has shown the kind of guts that are required to run the DHS. Kelly strongly opposed Obama’s statements about closing the detention camps at Guantanamo Bay. Kelly argued that having very many suspected terrorists that intended to destroy the United States roaming free would pose an enormous problem.