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President Donald Trump has named retired Marine Gen. James Mattis as his top national security adviser.

Mattis, who was a key figure in the Iraq War, is an advocate of military spending cuts and has said the U.S. needs to start paying more for the defense it has been spending at record levels.

The Pentagon has been struggling to meet its budget, and Trump has repeatedly attacked the president for his handling of the budget and said the country needs to do more to protect itself.

Mattis is a former Marine Corps general and is the former chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The Senate Armed Services Committee will hold a hearing Wednesday to discuss the Pentagon’s budget, which is set to be voted on Thursday.

The panel is expected to hear from retired Army Gen. Robert Work, the former head of the Air Force’s Joint Intelligence Center.

The committee is also expected to take testimony from two former U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power, former State Department chief of staff Sandy Berger and former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis.

Trump has been considering Mattis for secretary of defense since Trump tapped him to lead the military in 2017.

Mattis was a leading advocate of spending cuts for the U,S.

military, and the Pentagon had been working to make up for years of lost money through cuts to programs such as the F-35 fighter jet program, according to people familiar with the process.

During the campaign, Trump said he would take a “total, total, gut check” of the defense budget.

A spokeswoman for Mattis declined to comment for this story.