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Trump Makes Announcement About General Jim Mattis’ Future With Administration

President Donald Trump announced on Thursday that General Jim Mattis will retire from his role as Secretary of Defense in February after serving two years in the administration.

“General Jim Mattis will be retiring, with distinction, at the end of February, after having served my Administration as Secretary of Defense for the past two years,” Trump tweeted. “During Jim’s tenure, tremendous progress has been made, especially with respect to the purchase of new fighting equipment.”

“General Mattis was a great help to me in getting allies and other countries to pay their share of military obligations,” Trump continued. “A new Secretary of Defense will be named shortly. I greatly thank Jim for his service!”

“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,” Mattis said his a resignation letter. The New York Times reports:

Officials said Mr. Mattis went to the White House on Thursday afternoon in a last attempt to convince Mr. Trump to keep American troops in Syria. He was rebuffed, and told the president that he was resigning as a result.

“One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships,” Mattis added.

The Washington Post reported on Wednesday that “Trump’s decision to abruptly withdraw troops from Syria is a clear rebuke to Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, the last remaining member of a retinue of military men Trump once fondly called ‘my generals.'”

The Post notes that Mattis had been repeatedly overruled by Trump in recent months as he apparently lost influence with the president.

“Mattis had argued that the counterterrorism mission in Syria is not over and that the small U.S. presence in Syria should remain, said current and former U.S. officials who spoke on the condition of anonymity to share internal policy discussions,” the Post added. “The Pentagon chief also had tried to explain to Trump that there would be more chaos in the region and future problems for the United States if the troops leave, they said.”

11 Comments

11 Comments

  1. Rae

    December 21, 2018 at 1:39 am

    I may be just a woman but I do believe that leaving Syria is the WRONG thing to do. ISIS will be only to happy to fill the vacuum our exit creates, and it won’t take long.

    • Cathleen

      December 21, 2018 at 7:51 am

      I agree. I will be sorry to see General Mattis leave. I believe President Trump should reconsider this .

    • Jeanne

      December 21, 2018 at 10:05 am

      I AGREE! SORRY TO SEE MATHIS LEAVE..HE NEEDS TO STAY!

  2. ROSE

    December 21, 2018 at 1:49 am

    RAE,I AM ALSO A WOMAN ,90YEAR OLD NATIVE AMERICA,AND ASKING OUR WONDERFUL PRESIDENT TO RECONCIDER PULLING OUR TROOPS OUT OF SYRIA.GENERAL MATTIS IS CORRECT.

  3. IMJustice

    December 21, 2018 at 2:02 am

    How does anyone know enough military-wise, to even have an opinion…..
    Trump will eventually say why he is doing what he is doing…
    He is always doubted, until he is proven right…
    AND, I thought Trump was Mattis’ boss?
    So, tell me if I’m wrong here. Mattis would demand anyone under him
    to respect the ranks. So, I guess that doesn’t go for him?

    • C. L. Cake

      December 21, 2018 at 4:05 pm

      Although I really like “Mad Dog” Mattis, I think the only capacity we should enter the Middle East in is to attack with full military strength when we are attacked by terrorists, and when the terrorist supporting country is decimated, bring our troops home. I see no need for our soldiers to keep dying to protect people who neither want, nor understand freedom. The Middle East has been at war internally, and with Christianity and other religions, for more than 2000 years, and peace will never be achieved as long as Islam rules there.

  4. judyjj

    December 21, 2018 at 2:02 am

    I also am a woman…76 years old and I agree, we need to stay in Syria. What is wrong with our President is he having a break-down he is costing himself the 2020 election. I guess he doesn’t care. Mattis knows best!

    • Jeanne

      December 21, 2018 at 10:08 am

      It will not cost him his reelection IF you stand by him..He has made many wise decisions that have proved correct..Wait and see..maybe he will reconsider taking the troops out of Syria…for the people’s sake..not Asad (evil)

  5. kat

    December 21, 2018 at 3:15 am

    Pres. Trump is making a mistake on this. He needs to listen to the experts.

    • Jeanne

      December 21, 2018 at 10:12 am

      We are NOT the experts either..wait and see.. Decisions by anyone are difficult especially Trump who has to worry about all the naysayers every time he tries to do something. don’t be a naysayer
      Stand by your President!!

  6. Madeleine Donadlson

    December 21, 2018 at 11:32 am

    I suggest you all wait and see. There is a very good reason why Sessions, Kelly and Mattis are departing. It will all be revealed, as huge indictments are coming and then they can in their private capacities be witnesses! All part of a plan (and fooling the demrats

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