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David Bossie Confident Gen. Mattis Will Receive Waiver

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By    |   Wednesday, 07 Dec 2016 01:31 PM

Retired Gen. James Mattis deserves a waiver to become secretary of defense, David Bossie, President-elect Donald Trump's transition team executive director, told Wednesday's "Fox & Friends."

"I don't know that the Democrats are willing to shut down the government" over the issue, he said.

Congressional lawmakers must approve a waiver for Mattis to serve as secretary, since he retired from the armed forces less than seven years ago, a gap required by law between a commissioned officer serving in the military and becoming secretary of defense.

Politico reported the GOP is seeking, over the objection of Democrats, to expedite the waiver by inserting language into a spending bill that must pass by Friday to avoid a government shutdown.

When asked if he thought the Democrats would seek revenge for how Republicans refused to even hold a hearing for President Barack Obama's Supreme Court nomination of Merrick Garland, Bossie said:

"The good news for the American people is that there's still a Republican control of the House and Senate. I think that we're going to use the levers that we need to. The leadership in both the House and Senate are working closely with the president-elect and vice president-elect. I think we have an ambitious, very ambitious first 100 days. We have a tremendous group of cabinet officials that are going to be up for nomination. We're hitting the ground running."

Bossie was also asked about Obama's national security speech Tuesday in which he cited what he considered all his successes in combating U.S. enemies throughout his term as president.

"You know, he can spout a lot of different statistics at us over eight years," Bossie said, "but the realities are these: ISIS did not exist eight years ago. It does today. Not only is it thriving across the Middle East, massacring people across the Middle East, it's here in America as well, as we see in the streets across our country. I think that's one of his, a big piece of his legacy."

Bossie also touched on Trump's economic agenda.

"He's the change agent he said he was during the campaign," Bossie said. "Whether it's the Carrier deal or this announcement yesterday [on Japan's SoftBank's reported plans to invest $50 billion in the U.S.] or what's going to be coming in the next several weeks and months ahead, it's going to be a change agent. We're going to get this economy rolling again."

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