November 28, 2016

The avid reading habits of Trump’s potential Secretary of Defense, James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis

Featuring Michèle Flournoy

Source: The Washington Post

Journalist Jena McGregor

Donald Trump has professed that he's not much of a reader. He told The Washington Post over the summer that he had not read biographies of presidents because he does not have the time and that he makes the right decisions "with very little knowledge other than the knowledge I [already] had, plus the words ‘common sense,’ because I have a lot of common sense and I have a lot of business ability." When Fox News host Megyn Kelly interviewed Trump in her prime-time special in May, she asked himabout the last book he'd read. "I read passages, I read … 'areas,' I'll read chapters," he said. "I just, I don't have the time."

Perhaps a man he is considering as his potential Secretary of Defense will rub off on him. Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, nicknamed "Mad Dog," is known for his gruff and blunt quotes. ("Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everybody you meet.") He's been hailed for his battlefield successes, his strategic mind and his bond with rank-and-file soldiers. He's been called a "warrior monk" and has a disdain for PowerPoint.

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  • Michèle Flournoy

    Chief Executive Officer, CNAS

    Michèle Flournoy is Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Center for a New American Security (CNAS).  She served as the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy from Febr...