President-elect Donald Trump says he will nominate retired General James ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis to be his defence secretary.
Gen Mattis has a reputation as a battle-hardened, tough-talking Marine who was entrusted with some of the most challenging commands in the US.
The 66-year-old is a Marine Corps general who retired in 2013 after serving as the commander of the US Central Command.
Mattis also goes by the nicknames ‘Warrior Monk’ – a reference to his lifelong, childless bachelorhood and ‘Chaos’ – Mattis’s call-sign in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Here are some of his more colourful bon mots...