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Jim Mattis to speak at annual Washington Policy Center fundraiser in Spokane this fall

UPDATED: Tue., May 14, 2019, 6:33 p.m.

President Donald Trump listens as Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks at the Pentagon in 2017. Mattis, a Pullman native, will come to Spokane in the fall to raise money for the Washington Policy Center, a conservative business organization. (Susan Walsh / AP)
President Donald Trump listens as Defense Secretary James Mattis speaks at the Pentagon in 2017. Mattis, a Pullman native, will come to Spokane in the fall to raise money for the Washington Policy Center, a conservative business organization. (Susan Walsh / AP)
From staff reports

Jim Mattis, a former Marine general and President Donald Trump’s first secretary of defense, will come to Spokane this fall as the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for a conservative business organization.

The Washington Policy Center is bringing Mattis, a Pullman native, to town as part of its 2019 Eastern Washington Annual Dinner, which will take place Oct. 24.

Mattis served in the Iraq, Afghanistan and Persian Gulf wars, and commanded the U.S. Joint Forces Command and NATO’s Allied Command Transformation from 2007 to 2010, before being appointed in 2010 to lead the U.S. Central Command by President Barack Obama.

Mattis was Trump’s first secretary of defense, but was pushed out in December over criticism of the president’s Syria withdrawal plans.

He works with the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, where he’ll research and write about domestic and international security policy for the public policy think tank.

The Washington Policy Center’s dinners have raised more than $1 million to promote the organization’s free-market ideas. Tickets range from $200 to $350. Reserving a table costs between $1,750 to $15,000.

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