Mattis Backs F-35 Stealth Fighter

Mattis Backs F-35 Stealth Fighter
Lockheed Martin

Retired Marine Gen. James Mattis — Donald Trump's choice for defense secretary — backed the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter jet program recently criticized questioned by the president-elect, according to a senator who met with Mattis on Tuesday.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal, a Democrat from Connecticut and a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, told the Hartford Courant newspaper that Mattis gave a “clear commitment” to the continuation of the F-35 program despite Trump's repeated criticism of its huge costs and questionable performance thus far.

In an earlier statement, Blumenthal said of his meeting with Mattis, “I was encouraged by his clear commitment to American air superiority and the important role of the F-35 program in sustaining and enhancing it.”

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