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Fri Mar 3, 2017, 01:58 AM

WH pushing back against Mattis appt of US ambassador to Egypt-Anne Patterson as undersecretary

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, according to multiple sources familiar with the situation.

If nominated and confirmed, Patterson would hold the fourth most powerful position at the Pentagon – and would effectively be the top civilian in the Defense Department, since both Mattis and his deputy, Robert Work, were military officers.

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The skirmish surrounding Patterson’s nomination is the latest in a series of personnel battles that have played out between Mattis and the White House, with each side rejecting the names offered up by the other while the Pentagon remains empty. The White House has yet to nominate a single undersecretary or deputy secretary to the Defense Department, while Work, Mattis’s deputy, is an Obama administration holdover who only agreed to stay on until the secretary taps a deputy of his own.

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But it is Mattis who’s dug in most stubbornly, insisting on staffing his own department. “Mattis is a guy who cares very much about personnel,” said a Mattis friend. “He doesn’t want people off the tracks that he has laid down and that he’s running his train on.”

Patterson, a career diplomat, has never held a Defense Department position. She previously served as ambassador to Colombia and Pakistan. President Barack Obama nominated her to be the assistant secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs, the post from which she retired last month.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/03/jim-mattis-appointment-white-house-pushback-anne-patterson-235633

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Reply WH pushing back against Mattis appt of US ambassador to Egypt-Anne Patterson as undersecretary (Original post)
iluvtennis Mar 2017 OP
madaboutharry Mar 2017 #1
iluvtennis Mar 2017 #4
Skittles Mar 2017 #7
Cha Mar 2017 #2
iluvtennis Mar 2017 #3
Cha Mar 2017 #5
Solly Mack Mar 2017 #6
oasis Mar 2017 #8
AgadorSparticus Mar 2017 #9

Response to iluvtennis (Original post)

Fri Mar 3, 2017, 02:11 AM

1. The resignations will start soon.

Trump wants to run things like he ran things from Trump tower. The run-in with Betsy Devos and the transgendered bathroom order was an early sign of his "my way or the highway" management style.

This thing with Mattis sounds like he may already be fed up with Trump.

Trump doesn't know how to let people do their jobs.

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Response to madaboutharry (Reply #1)

Fri Mar 3, 2017, 02:24 AM

4. Agree with you...dt is one of those micro managers we all dislike.

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Response to iluvtennis (Reply #4)

Fri Mar 3, 2017, 04:16 AM

7. especially when we know it used to result in bankruptcies

Trump fucking SUCKS and I think something is wrong with ANYONE who would agree to work for him

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Response to iluvtennis (Original post)

Fri Mar 3, 2017, 02:11 AM

2. Mahalo, iluvtennis..

I would think it would be enough that she was in Pres Obama's Admin to disqualify her for trump

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Response to Cha (Reply #2)

Fri Mar 3, 2017, 02:22 AM

3. Ur welcome. Glad Mattias is demanding to build his team with ppl he wants, not bow down to dt

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Response to iluvtennis (Reply #3)

Fri Mar 3, 2017, 02:24 AM

5. I know.. this is Good!

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Response to iluvtennis (Original post)

Fri Mar 3, 2017, 02:31 AM

6. K&R

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Response to iluvtennis (Original post)

Fri Mar 3, 2017, 04:19 AM

8. RESIST from within.

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Response to iluvtennis (Original post)

Fri Mar 3, 2017, 05:47 AM

9. Good on Mattis for having a backbone.

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