James Mattis is Secretary of the Department of Defense.
|2016.12.01||Trump nominates retired Marine General James Mattis for secretary of defense washingtonpost.com (See also National Defense)|
|2017.01.11||Mattis breaks with Trump on Russia, says Putin is trying to 'break' NATO pbs.org (See also Russia, National Defense)|
|2017.01.16||Mattis clashes with Trump transition team over Pentagon staff appointments chicagotribune.com (See also National Defense, Department of Defense)|
|2017.01.25||This is a transcript of ABC News anchor David Muir’s interview with President Trump. abcnews.go.com (See also First 100 Days, Mexico Wall, NAFTA, Trade, Jeff Sessions, John Kelly, DACA, Voter Fraud, Mike Pompeo, Iraq, Infrastructure, Affordable Care Act, Muslim Immigration Ban)|
This is a transcript of ABC News anchor David Muir’s interview with President Trump on Jan. 25, 2017.
|2017.01.25||Trump said he wants to "fight fire with fire" when it comes to terrorism, suggesting he is open to bringing back torture because he *absolutely* believes it works. cnn.com (See also Foreign Policy, Department of Defense)|
Trump would violate a US law ratified by the Senate in 2015 and go against the view of Defense Secretary James Mattis.
|2017.01.26||Trump’s executive orders, drawn up without consulting his Cabinet or legal experts, leave government agencies in the dark, Republican leaders scrambling to catch up, and policy experts wondering if some of them are even legal. vanityfair.com (See also First 100 Days, Stephen Miller, Department of Defense, Mike Pompeo, Central Intelligence Agency, Keystone XL Pipeline, Sanctuary Cities, Mexico Wall, Steve Bannon, Unprecedented Actions)|
Initiatives are largely being churned out without proper review and the strategy could backfire. David Vladeck, a law professor at Georgetown University and a former official at the Federal Trade Commission, told Politico. “A government by edict is not a sustainable idea.”
|2017.01.27||Trump promises ‘great rebuilding of the Armed Forces’ while signing executive order at the Pentagon. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, Nuclear Weapons, Secretary of Defense, Department of Defense)|
|2017.01.27||Trump signs executive order instructing the Pentagon to carry out a top-to-bottom review of military preparedness, including nuclear, and to draw up a list of plans to upgrade with an increased budget. latimes.com (See also First 100 Days, Department of Defense)|
|2017.01.31||Leaked Trump order gives defense department equal footing with homeland security in civilian cybersecurity, and may give Pentagon bigger role, but White House announces signing is cancelled without explanation on Tuesday. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, Cybersecurity, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, John Kelly)|
|2017.02.03||U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis says any use of nuclear weapons by North Korea would be met with an "overwhelming" response. bbc.com (See also North Korea)|
|2017.02.15||Defense Secretary Jim Mattis issued an ultimatum Wednesday to allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, warning that if they do not boost their defense spending to goals set by the alliance, the United States may alter its relationship with them. washingtonpost.com (See also First 100 Days, NATO, Department of Defense)|
|2017.02.18||Senator John McCain breaks away from U.S. officials' reassuring message in Germany, saying resignation of Michael Flynn reflects deep problems in the Trump administration and lamenting the shift away from the "universal values" that forged NATO. theguardian.com (See also First 100 Days, NATO)|
|2017.03.02||Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis wants to tap the former U.S. ambassador to Egypt, Anne Patterson, as his undersecretary of defense for policy, but the Pentagon chief is running into resistance from White House officials in the latest of a series of personnel battles that have played out between Mattis and the White House leaving most Pentagon under- and deputy-secretary positions empty. politico.com (See also First 100 Days, Department of Defense)|
|2017.06.05||When Trump addressed NATO leaders during his debut overseas, he surprised and disappointed his own top national security officials by failing to reaffirm the Article 5 provision in his speech. politico.com (See also Foreign Policy, Rex Tillerson, H.R. McMaster)|
|2017.06.07||Former US director of national intelligence James Clapper says events in Washington now are more serious than the Watergate scandal of the 1970s, and that it is imperative investigators get to the bottom of the Trump administration’s links with the Putin regime. theguardian.com (See also Corruption, Trump Relationship with Russia, Russian Meddling in Election, Michael Flynn, John Kelly, H.R. McMaster)|
|2017.06.26||The Pentagon is considering a plan to cancel enlistment contracts for 1,000 foreign-born recruits without legal immigration status, knowingly exposing them to deportation. washingtonpost.com (See also Immigration, Department of Defense)|
|2017.07.10||Trump’s advisers recruited two businessmen who profited from military contracting to devise alternatives to the Pentagon’s plan to send thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan. nytimes.com (See also Conflicts of Interest, Steve Bannon, Jared Kushner, Department of Defense, Afghanistan, H.R. McMaster)|
|2017.07.26||Trump announced on Wednesday that the United States will no longer “accept or allow” transgender people in the United States military. nytimes.com (See also LGBTQIA, Department of Defense, Homophobia)|