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Defence in the media: Saturday 21 January 2017

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Today’s defence related media coverage includes the appointment of General James Mattis as the new US Defence Secretary.

President Trump 

There is widespread coverage today on Donald Trump’s inauguration, including comments from Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon that the United States will remain Britain’s closest security partner after Donald Trump’s inauguration as President. It has also been widely reported that General James Mattis has been confirmed by the new US Defence Secretary.

Defence Secretary Sir Michael Fallon said:

I congratulate James Mattis on his confirmation as US Defense Secretary.

With his experience as a former NATO commander, having also served alongside British forces, I look forward to working with him to build on our deep and enduring defence partnership.

The US is and will remain our closest defence and security partner.

Secretary Mattis and I will be working hard to ensure that both our countries remain equipped and ready to play our part in confronting the threats we face and deterring aggression.

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