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Trump picks outspoken ex-Marine as defence secretary

US president-elect soaks up adulation at buoyant Ohio rally

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Mr Trump (left) with Gen Mattis following their meeting at the main clubhouse at Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster, New Jersey, on Nov 19.

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US President-elect Donald Trump said on Thursday he has picked the tough-talking retired general James Mattis to be his defence secretary as he soaked up adulation at a buoyant Ohio rally that recalled this year's rough-and-tumble campaign.

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