Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Submits Resignation to President Trump

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mattisDefense Secretary Jim Mattis announced he will leave office in early 2019. He stated he sent “President Donald Trump a letter that implicitly criticized the president’s military judgment,” reports NBC News on Dec. 20, 2018.

General Mattis is displeased with the lack of respect the president gives America’s allies, He is further upset with Trump’s refusal to acknowledge who does or does not pose a threat to the U.S., whether that be an enemy or a competitor, and treat them accordingly.

He further stated, that his worldview comes from positions strongly held for over 40 years. During his time as the defense secretary, it became obvious that the general and Trump did not agree on military strategy. Mattis told the president he should have someone who shares his views.

On the other hand, President Trump tweeted his defense secretary was retiring after serving in his administration for the past two years. He mentioned the pair had made tremendous progress and was particularly proud the “new fighting equipment” purchased under the general’s tenure.

Trump further boasted the pair had well together when they were pushing “allies and other countries to pay their share of military obligations.”

After tweeting that a new defense secretary would be named shortly, he “greatly thank[s] Jim for his service!”

Written by Cathy Milne-Ware


NBC News: Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigns, scolding Trump over military judgment.

Featured and Top Image by DOD Photographer Army Sgt. Amber I. Smith for James N. Mattis’ Flickr Page – Creative Commons License



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