Trump team discussing Sen. Ayotte for defense secretary

PORTLAND, Maine (PRESS HERALD) -- The Trump team has added a name to its list of potential candidates for secretary of defense — outgoing Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., according to two sources familiar with the ongoing discussions. If chosen, Ayotte would stand out in a Trump administration as a neoconservative defense hawk and one of the few women in the incoming Trump Cabinet.

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No decisions have been made and the current list for possible defense secretary picks still centers around retired Army Lt. Gen. Joseph “Keith” Kellogg, former Defense Intelligence Agency director Gen. Mike Flynn and Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala. Flynn would need a congressional waiver to bypass a law that requires any defense secretary to be seven years out of active duty service before taking command of the Pentagon.

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