01.05.17

Rounds Statement on Meeting with General James Mattis

General Will be Defense Secretary Nominee

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Mike Rounds (R-S.D.) today made the following statement following his meeting with Gen. James Mattis, whom President-elect Trump announced he will nominate to be Defense Secretary.

“I thank Gen. Mattis for taking the time to meet with me today to discuss a range of issues, from cybersecurity to the F-35 and B-21 aircraft ,” said Rounds. “Gen. Mattis understands the need to wisely invest more in our defense and has a keen geostrategic awareness that is crucial to rebuilding our armed forces. I look forward to working with him to provide our armed forces with the tools they need to succeed and keep us safe.”

Rounds is a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, which has jurisdiction over Gen. Mattis’ confirmation. His confirmation hearing is scheduled for Thurs., Jan. 12, 2017.

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