Trump Jabs At Mattis: I Gave Him A Second Chance

Perhaps the comfort Mattis gave US 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 his letter, Mr Mattis had said he would step down at the end of February to allow for a successor to be confirmed and attend Congressional hearings and a key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting. Grandstander? The Fake News is making such a big deal about this nothing event!

The exit of Mr Mattis, highly regarded by Republicans and Democrats alike, added to their concern over what they see as Mr Trump's unpredictable, go-it-alone approach to global security.

In the wake of the resignation. a fair number of Republican Senators did come out and express their opposition to Trump's Syria decision and praise Mattis.

Mattis's brother, Tom, said the secretary was not angry about being fired early, according to The Seattle Times.

A USA administration official says that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will leave his post January 1, 2019, as Trump is expected to name Shanahan as acting secretary.

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Referring to the Mattis resignation, former FBI Director James Comey pungently tweeted, "To a president without any external ethical framework, folks who resign on principle must be confusing". "The secretary of defence serves at the pleasure of the president", the statement read.

The announcement that USA troops would leave the civil war-torn country - where they have been deployed to assist in the multinational fight against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) group - shocked global partners and American politicians alike. "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". Some thought I shouldn't, I thought I should.

Mattis went to the White House that day in an effort to get Trump to keep USA forces in the war-torn country.

Trump also lashed out at McGurk's resignation, casting the top diplomat as a bit player. "As I have said many times in other circumstances, Jim knows who he is ... many more Americans [now] know his character". "Grandstander? The Fake News is making such a big deal about this nothing event!"

Shanahan, a longtime Boeing Co. executive, was nominated for the deputy job in early 2017.

United States troops will leave under the watch of a new Pentagon chief next month, after Mr James Mattis resigned from the post citing key differences, including on Syria, with the often-impulsive Mr Trump. "Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position".

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