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CNN: Mattis Was Approved to Advise UAE in Unpaid Role

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By    |   Wednesday, 02 Aug 2017 05:29 PM

Defense Secretary James Mattis served in an unpaid advisory role for the United Arab Emirates after he retired from the U.S. Marine Corps, a position that was cleared by U.S. military officials.

CNN reports that Mattis asked for approval for the informal advisory role in 2015. At the time, he was a fellow at Stanford University's Hoover Institution.

Pentagon spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis of the Navy told CNN Mattis' role was not a secret.

"He certainly hasn't been hiding it," Davis said.

Mattis retired from the Marines in 2013, at which point he was commander of U.S. Central Command. He requested permission from both the Marines and the Department of State to perform unpaid work for the UAE.

A UAE official told CNN Mattis was a "trusted friend" of the Middle Eastern nation.

"He would visit us from time to time, just as other former military officials would," the official said. "He was and still is a trusted friend and he would come over to maintain the relationship."

Mattis was not required to inform the Office of Government Ethics of his relationship with the UAE when he was nominated to lead the Defense Department.

Mattis has been vocal with his thoughts on the fight against the Islamic State (ISIS) and how he feels the U.S. can defeat the terror group.

Mattis also blasted the U.S. government's decision to spend $28 million on uniforms for Afghanistan's Army that do not blend in with most of the country's natural landscape.

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