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Senate confirms Mattis for defense secretary, Kelly to lead Homeland Security

Senate confirms Mattis for defense secretary, Kelly to lead Homeland Security

The Republican-led Senate, taking little time to fill two critical national security posts, overwhelmingly confirmed a pair of retired Marine generals tapped by President Donald Trump to run the Pentagon and secure America's borders.

A little more than an hour later, Vice President Mike Pence administered the oath of office to James Mattis to be defense secretary and John Kelly to lead the Department of Homeland Security. Mattis had been confirmed by a 98-1 vote and Kelly 88-11.

Earlier in the day, during a luncheon following his inauguration, Trump said Mattis and Kelly were from "central casting," referring to their reputations as tough-talking, no-nonsense...

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