Joe Biden’s team is negotiating with people who previously worked for former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis about assisting with the transition of power at the Pentagon and probably serving in the new administration, according to a report on Politico.
Referencing three undisclosed sources, Politico reported that Biden is looking to put together a bipartisan Defense Department leadership group and is definitely going to reach out to more former officials appointed by Mattis to negotiate the transition and service offer.
The news company says since earlier this year, the White House has been firing Pentagon officials who were considered insufficiently loyal to the White House, bringing people who could be trusted with working along with President Donald Trump’s rules.
”Essentially, everyone that would have been helpful has left the Pentagon by retiring or being fired,” an undisclosed former official told Politico.
Politico said Mattis who resigned in December 2018 was a retired Marine Corps four-star general, was confirmed nearly unanimously as Trump’s first defense secretary in January 2017 and is well-regarded on both sides of the aisle,
There are some former Mattis officials who have also reached out to the Biden team to offer advice on what next.