One of the most important decisions President Trump made was to give the job of Defense Secretary to General James “Mad Dog” Mattis. Likely due to his teenage experience at ROTC, President Trump seems to have a special sense of admiration for the military and its generals. General James Mattis was unanimously confirmed to his position by Republican and Democratic Senators.
It is in the realm of international security where President Trump’s Machiavellian style finds a perfect fit. He is a realist who believes strongly that power, and especially the decisive use of military power, shall dictate the international order. Early in his presidency, he made it clear that he would not hesitate to use maximum and unfettered military force or “fire and fury” to achieve any objective.