General James Mattis was approved by the Senate today to serve as future President Trump’s Secretary of Defense.
But not before Democrats had the chance to try their hand at trapping him with baiting political questions.
Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand from New York did exactly that, when she asked the General if he’d repeal “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell” or remove women from infantry positions.
As always, the General’s response was straightforward (via Tribunist):
Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri asked a similar question, to which he said:
Overall, the General expressed that he’d not oppose women in any capacity in our military, which probably came as a disappointing surprise to some Senate Democrats, who might have hoped they could trip him up on this issue—especially in light of claims by Pentagon experts that social agendas will take a backseat to traditional military values under Mattis.
As it turns out, circumstances look like they’ll be pretty unchanged for our women in combat.Note: The author of this article has included commentary that expresses an opinion and analysis of the facts.