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White House Rolls Out Red Carpet For Mattis Nomination

- December 7, 2016

In Blow To Senate Democrats, White House Says Trump Should Be Given “Significant Latitude To Assemble His Team”

Speaking About President Elect Trump's Nomination Of General Mattis, White House Press Secretary Josh Ernest Asserted That The President Should Be Given "Significant Latitude To Assemble His Team." WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JOSH EARNEST: "Well there are a couple of principles you know at play here josh, the first is that President Obama has long made the argument that while the Senate does have some responsibility to confirm the President's nominees, to offer that advice and consent is a fundamental responsibility of the Senate. At the same time the President of the United States should be given a lot, significant latitude to assemble his team." (White House Press Briefing, 12/7/16)

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During The White House Press Briefing, Josh Earnest Praised Gen. Mattis For Serving His Country "With Distinction," And Said He Is Supported "By Both Democrats And Republicans." WHITE HOUSE PRESS SECRETARY JOSH EARNERST: "We're talking about somebody that President Obama knows. General Mattis served as the Commander of Central Command for two or three years while President Obama was in office. He is somebody who served his country with distinction. He is a decorated Marine Corps veteran. But President Obama believes that, the standard we have tried to set is to not comment on, pass judgement on the individuals that the President Elect has put forward to serve in his cabinet and I'm going to try and abide by that principle here." REPORTER: "This isn't really about General Mattis and his own views on issues or anything. It's about the fact that that he's a General and in order for him to be confirmed there would have to be a waiver passed to permit that. It's kind of a different principle." EARNERST: "I think all of these principles come into play though and I certainly wouldn't want any commentary about this matter to be construed as some sort of implicit criticism of General Mattis for a variety of reasons, including that he is somebody who has served this country with distinction under Democratic and Republican Presidents and he is supported, based on the public comments I've seen, by Both Democrats And Republicans that he's interacted with in the context of his job." ( White House Press Briefing, 12/7/16)

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