Mattis sends final message to troops as defense secretary

Mattis sends final message to troops as defense secretary

Mattis sends final message to troops as defense secretary

Perhaps the comfort Mattis gave USA allies was a defense mechanism of sorts to rationalize the fundamental chaos that Trump represented as the president, but the view of Mattis as a bulwark was not entirely wrong.

In the resignation letter, James Mattis said he planned on staying until the end of February to ensure a permeant replacement could be chosen and to attend a previously scheduled North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting.

"With me, hit hard instead by the Fake News Media".

Mattis and others had counseled the often-impulsive president against those moves - and the decorated retired general did little to hide his disagreement with Trump.

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"Because you have the right to have a secretary of defense whose views are better aligned with yours, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position", Mattis said in his resignation letter.

Mick Mulvaney told ABC's "This Week" that the president and his defense chief "just could never get on the same page" on Syria, adding that Trump had said since his presidential campaign that "he wanted to get out of Syria".

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On December 24, Mattis signed an order withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria, the Defense Department said, though a timeline and specific details are still being worked on.

Bernstein concluded: "They're talking to each other, there is coming to be a much greater consensus that he is unfit to be the president of the United States".

"No one should assume that his service to his country will end", Tom Mattis said. "And the American people are fortunate that man of this character and integrity will now be the civilian leader atop the Department of Defence under his leadership".

Former President Barack Obama fired Mattis as head of U.S. Central Command in 2013 in large part because of Mattis' increasingly hawkish posture toward Iran. Some thought I shouldn't, I thought I should.

USA officials said they didn't know if Shanahan would be Trump's nominee to replace Mattis.

Shanahan also has overseen the Pentagon's audit, its development of a new missile defence policy that still has not been released and a fledgling effort to reduce waste in military expenditures.

"The execute order for Syria has been signed", a USA military spokesperson told AFP when asked about the withdrawal order, without providing further details. Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan will be acting defense secretary.

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