Trump announced Thursday in Cincinnati he will nominate Marine Gen. James Mattis as Secretary of Defense

BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, NJ - NOVEMBER 19: (L to R) President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he stands alongside retired United States Marine Corps general James Mattis after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration.  (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

BEDMINSTER TOWNSHIP, NJ - NOVEMBER 19: (L to R) President-elect Donald Trump speaks to reporters as he stands alongside retired United States Marine Corps general James Mattis after their meeting at Trump International Golf Club, November 19, 2016 in Bedminster Township, New Jersey. Trump and his transition team are in the process of filling cabinet and other high level positions for the new administration. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Update 8:23 p.m.: Donald Trump will nominate retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as his secretary of defense, the President-elect announced Thursday in Cincinnati at the beginning of his post-election tour. “We are going to appoint Mad Dog Mattis as our secretary of defense. But we’re not announcing it until Monday so don’t tell anybody,” Trump said at his rally, adding later, “They say he’s the closest thing to Gen. George Patton that we have and it’s about time.”

 

Update 4:40 p.m.:  CNN is still reporting that Trump has picked retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as his nominee for defense secretary.  However, Jason Miller, Communications Director for Trump’s Transition Team is tweeting that a decision has not been made yet.

 

President-elect Donald Trump has picked retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as his nominee for defense secretary, a source with knowledge of the transition told CNN on Thursday. The announcement is expected early next week.