Friday, September 17, 2021

Pentagon, national security chiefs to begin work immediately, says Trump

Washington, Jan 21 (EFE).- The newly-inaugurated president of the United States said Friday the defense and national security heads, confirmed by the Senate the same day, will immediately get down to securing America’s borders, defending the country and rebuilding its military.

Retired Marine General John F. Kelly is sworn-in as Secretary of Homeland Security by Vice President Mike Pence (not pictured), after Donald J.Trump was sworn in as the 45th President of the United States, in the Vice Presidential ceremonial office in the Executive Office Building in Washington, DC, USA, 20 January 2017. Trump won the 08 November 2016 election to become the next US President. EFE

The two retired generals, James Mattis and John Kelly, now the defense and national security chiefs, respectively, became the first two nominees of Donald Trump’s cabinet to be confirmed by the Senate and have already taken oath before Vice President Mike Pence.

“These uniquely qualified leaders will immediately begin the important work of rebuilding our military, defending our nation and securing our borders. I am proud to have these two American heroes join my administration,” said Trump in a statement.

The new American leader also asked senators to fulfil their constitutional duty and swiftly confirm his remaining picks for top posts so the cabinet could begin work without further delay.

Despite the margins of Mattis and Kelly’s confirmations – Mattis won overwhelmingly with 98 votes for and only one against him, and Kelly obtained a comfortable 88-11 – other Trump nominees are expected to face more hurdles in their path to being approved.

Notable amongst these will be the president’s pick for attorney general, Jeff Sessions, for health secretary, Tom Price, and for heading the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt.