Mattis, a potential contender for defense secretary, to meet with Trump

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Now-retired Marine Corps Gen.James Mattis, left, in 2013.

By Associated Press  

Donald Trump is stoking speculation about his future cabinet picks as he continues holding meetings behind closed doors.

Trump aides say the president-elect will be meeting Saturday with retired Marine Corps Gen. James Mattis. Mattis is a potential contender to serve as Trump’s defense secretary.


Trump is also meeting with Michelle Rhee and Betsy DeVos, two well-known education activists.

Trump aides have cautioned that not everyone meeting with the president-elect is under consideration for an administration position. They say Trump is meeting with experts to hear their thoughts and advice.

Also expected to sit down with Trump on Saturday are 2012 GOP nominee Mitt Romney, Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts, anti-poverty advocate Bob Woodson, and restaurant executive Andy Puzder.