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Mattis Shows How to Handle a Reporter’s Question About His Religious Beliefs

Secretary of Defense James Mattis comments on religion.

Secretary of Defense James Mattis takes questions from reporters. (Department of Defense)
Secretary of Defense James Mattis takes questions from reporters. (Department of Defense)

 

From a Defense Department transcript of an exchange on Nov. 16:

 

From a Defense Department transcript of an exchange on Nov. 16:

Q: Mr. Secretary, I would be remiss — I’m with the Christian Broadcasting Network, sir. Talk to me a little bit about your faith and how it’s shaped who you are and your goals, and also about how you make decisions.

A: SEC. MATTIS: That’s something I stay pretty private about.

Q: I understand.

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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