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The Senate officially confirmed 'Mad Dog' Mattis and John Kelly for Trump's Cabinet


James "Mad Dog" Mattis and John Kelly, President Trump's nominations for defense secretary and homeland security secretary, respectively, were confirmed by the Senate Friday afternoon.

This gives Trump two leaders for his national security team shortly after taking office.  

Outgoing Commander of the U.S. Southern Command, Marine Corps Gen. John F. Kelly, speaks during a change of command ceremony at U.S. Southern Command, Thursday, Jan. 14, 2016, in Miami. Kelly is being replaced by Admiral Kurt W. Tidd. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Kelly is a retired Marine Corps general. Previously, he was the commander of United States Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM) and oversaw the military in South and Central America, including the detention facility at Guantanamo Bay.

Marine Gen. James Mattis, commander, U.S. Central Command, testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 5, 2013, before the Senate Armed Services Committee hearing to review of the Defense Authorization Request for Fiscal Year 2014 and the Future Years Defense Program. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Mattis, also a retired general, required a waiver since the law forbids former military officers from taking a Cabinet job for at least seven years after retirement. 

This comes shortly after the Obama administration launched a major air strike in Syria, killing more than 100 Al-Qaeda members, Fox News reports

The day before, U.S. bombers killed 85 ISIS fighters in Libya. 

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