Latest James Mattis News

Mother of former defense secretary dies in Washington state

Aug. 7, 2019 4:49 PM EDT

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — The mother of former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has died in Washington state. The Tri-City Herald reported Wednesday that Lucille Mattis died Sunday at the age of 97. Lucille Mattis moved to Richland in 1952 about 202 miles (325 kilometers) southeast of Seattle where she raised...

Senate panel OKs defense pick despite sex assault allegation

Jul. 31, 2019 11:03 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Senate committee on Wednesday approved the nomination of an Air Force general to become the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, largely discounting an aide's allegations that he had subjected her to unwanted sexual advances. Gen. John Hyten flatly denied the allegations during a...

Analysis: Trump's political and policy guardrails fall away

Jul. 29, 2019 10:02 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — An unrepentant President Donald Trump has been testing the limits of the nation's tolerance from the day he took office. Now he has cast off one of the few remaining voices trying to curtail his at times mercurial impulses. Trump nudged out national intelligence director Dan Coats, a rare...

Senate bows to Trump vetoes, allows Saudi arms sales

Jul. 29, 2019 7:38 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate failed Monday in a bid to override a trio of vetoes issued by President Donald Trump, allowing the administration to move forward with plans to sell billions of dollars of weapons to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Trump's decision to sell the weapons in a way that...

Trump says Coats is out as national intelligence director

Jul. 29, 2019 8:58 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Dan Coats, director of national intelligence, is resigning after a turbulent two years in which he and President Donald Trump were often at odds over Russian interference in the 2016 election. Trump named a GOP congressman and fierce loyalist to replace him. Trump announced Coats'...

Esper is sworn in as defense secretary to succeed Mattis

Jul. 23, 2019 10:20 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — It took seven months, but President Donald Trump on Tuesday finally got a Senate-confirmed secretary of defense to succeed Jim Mattis. Mark Esper, an Army veteran and former defense industry lobbyist, won Senate confirmation by a vote of 90-8 and was sworn in at the White House by Supreme...

Senators weigh sexual misconduct allegations against general

Jul. 23, 2019 6:45 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Senators are hearing closed-door testimony this week about an allegation of sexual misconduct against Air Force Gen. John Hyten as they weigh his nomination for vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. A senior military officer who has accused Hyten of unwanted sexual advances met...

The Latest: Esper sworn in as new secretary of defense

Jul. 23, 2019 5:52 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the confirmation of Mark Esper as defense secretary (all times local): 5:50 p.m. Mark Esper has been sworn in as the next U.S. defense secretary, ending the longest period in Pentagon history that it has gone without a confirmed leader. President Donald Trump said Tuesday...

Pentagon nominee regrets Turkey's 'drift' from West

Jul. 16, 2019 5:12 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee to become secretary of defense, told his Senate confirmation hearing Tuesday he is troubled by Turkey's decision to defy the United States by acquiring Russian-made air defenses. "It is very disheartening to see how they have...

Trump nominates Esper to be defense chief, succeeding Mattis

Jul. 15, 2019 4:17 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Donald Trump on Monday asked the Senate to confirm Mark Esper as the successor to former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, whose resignation last December opened an unprecedented period of senior-level instability at the Pentagon. The moment the nomination was received by the Senate...