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Trump formally introduced James 'Mad Dog' Mattis at a North Carolina rally

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President-elect Donald Trump formally introduced James "Mad Dog" Mattis, his pick for Secretary of Defense, during a rally in North Carolina Tuesday night. 

"In order to succeed in our defense policy, we must have the right person to lead in our Defense Department," he said. "This is why I am proud to formally announce today my intention to nominate General James "Mad Dog" Mattis as the next Secretary of Defense for the United States of America."

Trump formally introduced James 'Mad Dog' Mattis at a North Carolina rally

WATCH | President-elect Trump formally announced his pick for Secretary of Defense. 

Mattis thanked Trump and went on to say, "I look forward to being the civilian leader so long as the Congress gives me the waiver and the Senate votes to content."

During Trump's stop in the battleground state of North Carolina, which was part of his "thank you" tour, he pledged to maintain a strong military and vowed to engage in fewer conflicts abroad. 

He also alluded to a tweet he sent out last week, where he suggested that flag burners be jailed or lose their citizenship.

Trump formally introduced James 'Mad Dog' Mattis at a North Carolina rally

"We love our flag and we don't like it when we see people ripping up our flag and burning our flag," he said. "We don't like it. We'll see what we're going to do about that, OK?"

North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, who recently conceded his bid for reelection to the state's Attorney General Roy Cooper, was in the audience during Tuesday's rally, according to CNN

Trump is set to make stops in Iowa and Michigan this week as part of his "thank you" tour. 

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