Defense secretary Jim Mattis to retire in February, Trump says

Defense secretary Jim Mattis to retire in February, Trump says

Defense secretary Jim Mattis to retire in February, Trump says

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will step down from his position early next year, President Donald Trump announced Thursday evening.

Mr Mattis joins a long list of former Trump administration senior figures who have either quit or been removed, some unceremoniously like Secretary of State Rex Tillerson who Mr Trump fired via Twitter in March.

".equipment. General Mattis was a great help to me in getting allies and other countries to pay their share of military obligations. I greatly thank Jim for his service", Trump said over two tweets.

The move comes less than 24-hours after President Trump announced USA troops will be leaving Syria, a decision Mattis, along with a number of other military leaders, strongly disagrees with. Last week was the news that Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke and Chief of Staff John Kelly were out.

A senior White House official said that Mattis resigned during a meeting with Trump on Thursday, during which they had a difference of opinion on some issues.

"This is the frustratingly self-defeating nature of the Trump presidency", Steel explained. Instead we must use all tools of American power to provide for the common defense, including providing effective leadership to our alliances, NATO's 29 democracies demonstrated that strength in their commitment to fighting alongside us following the 9-1-1 attack on America.

The general also expressed his support for sustaining the Defeat ISIS coalition overseas in his letter as well as the principles of opposing authoritarian regimes in China and Russian Federation, and the importance of treating allies with respect.

He also highlighted the authoritarian schemes of Russian Federation and Chinas opposed to America's interests.

US Secretary of Defence James Mattis is resigning, effective at the end of February.

"We must do everything we can to advance an global order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values and we are strengthened in this effort by solidarity of our alliances", Mattis wrote in the letter.

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