Former Defense Secretary Gates met with president-elect Trump Friday telling reporters he praised Trump's choice for defense secretary and said there was no talk of a job for him in the Administration. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION STORY: Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates met with president-elect Donald Trump on Friday -- his second visit to Trump Tower this week. Gates spoke briefly to reporters praising Trump's choice of retired Marine Corps General James Mattes to lead the Pentagon. "We had a very wide-ranging conversation, I told him I thought his selection of General Mattis to be Secretary of Defense was terrific," Gates told reporters following his meeting. The choice of a seasoned military strategist would be another indication that Trump, a Republican, intends to steer U.S. foreign policy away from Democratic President Barack Obama's increased reliance on U.S. allies to fight Islamist militants and to help deter Russian and Chinese aggression in Europe and Asia. Mattis is a revered figure in the Marine Corps and known for his distrust of Iran. The former CIA director led the Pentagon under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. When he was asked whether he had discussed a position in the Trump Administration, Gates shook his head and said no.