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The Latest: Defense secretary pick says military lacks vigor

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on activities in Congress (all times EST):
10:50 a.m.
President-elect Donald Trump’s pick to be defense secretary is telling senators the military isn’t robust enough to deal with the wide range of threats the U.S. is facing.
James Mattis is a retired Marine Corps general. He’s testifying at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee.
Senator John McCain of Arizona says he thinks deterrence is critical, and that requires the strongest armed forces. McCain asked Mattis, “Do we have that?”
Mattis responded, “No sir.”
Trump pledged during the presidential campaign to rebuild the military services and eliminate the strict, …read more

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