Robert Gates

Support Mounts for Retired Gen. James Mattis as Defense Secretary

Former Pentagon chief Robert Gates calls Donald Trump's pick of Mattis 'terrific'

James MattisFormer Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Friday that Donald Trump's nomination of retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis to the Pentagon's top post was a "terrific" decision, joining the choir of bipartisan voices who back the president-elect's latest Cabinet pick.