It’s no secret that Senator John McCain and President-elect Donald Trump don’t really see eye to eye. In fact, each has been highly critical of the other with McCain recently proclaiming, “I don’t give a damn what the president [Trump] of the United States wants to do or anybody else wants to do. We will not waterboard. We will not do it.” There is one area, however, where McCain and Trump do seem to see eye to eye. That is President-elect Trump’s reported top pick for Secretary of Defense.
Over the weekend, Trump met with retired four-star General James Mattis who is under consideration to be the Secretary of Defense. McCain, in commenting on the meeting and General Mattis potentially being Secretary of Defense, offered his wholehearted approval.
In a statement about Mattis, McCain had glowing words.
“General Mattis has a clear understanding of the many challenges facing the Department of Defense, the U.S. military, and our national security. I hope he has an opportunity to serve America again.”
Senator McCain continued his positive response to Mattis by commending President-elect Trump on recognizing the impressiveness of Mattis’s leadership and military experience.
“I am pleased that the President-elect found General Jim Mattis as impressive as I have in the many years I have had the privilege of knowing him,” McCain said in his statement.
“General Mattis is one of the finest military officers of his generation and an extraordinary leader who inspires a rare and special admiration of his troops. He is a forthright strategic thinker. His integrity is unshakable and unquestionable. And he has earned his knowledge and experience the old-fashioned way: in the crucible of our nation’s defense and the service of heroes,” he added.