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Mattis to step down as defense secretary over differences with Trump


General James Mattis resigns as Secretary of Defense in Trump administration.

He wrote an extremely interesting letter of resignation.

The retired general emphasized that the United States derives its strength from its relationships with allies and should treat them with respect. He said the country must also be “clear-eyed” about threats including from groups such as the Islamic State.

“My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues,” Mattis wrote. “We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances.”

The Pentagon released the letter moments after Trump announced on Twitter that Mattis would be leaving, saying the retired general would “retire.” Trump’s tweet made no mention of the fact that the Pentagon chief was leaving over his differences with the president.

Clearly Mattis had had enough. Unfortunately, Mattis was one of very few Trump appointees who actually knew his area and had relevant experience; furthermore he was not a sycophant on the make.


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