More changes are coming to the Trump administration going into its third year in the White House.
Gen. Jim Mattis, Secretary of Defense, is scheduled to retire in February 2019. “Mad Dog” Mattis has been a strong supporter of the president and has been an awesome shoulder to lean on. I could say that these moves that include Chief of Staff John Kelly leaving at the end of the year signal a huge change in the direction of the administration.
Pres. Trump tweeted about Mattis’ resignation on Thursday evening:
….equipment. General Mattis was a great help to me in getting allies and other countries to pay their share of military obligations. A new Secretary of Defense will be named shortly. I greatly thank Jim for his service!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2018
Mattis made the decision to STEP DOWN as defense secretary, he wrote in a letter to Trump. He told Trump he had the “right to have a secretary of defense whose views are better aligned with yours.”
Mattis also added this to Trump: “We cannot protect our interests…without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies,” citing the need to be “clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors.”
Mattis has frequently dismissed media reports suggesting that his days at the Pentagon would be limited. For example, Mattis indicated to reporters in September that he was not considering leaving his post, and instead said, “I think about doing my job each day.”
“Of course I don’t think about leaving. I love it here. I’m thinking about retiring right here. I’ll get a little place down on the Potomac,” Mattis said.
Trump and Mattis were once close but have reportedly grown distant in recent months, meeting less frequently than they had earlier in his term.
Source: Washington Examiner
Trump announced that Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis will retire in February after two years in the Trump administration. https://t.co/F6eYsHJRp7
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) December 20, 2018
Mattis made the decision to STEP DOWN as defense secretary, he wrote in letter to Trump. He told Trump he had the "right to have a secretary of defense whose views are better aligned with yours." w/@nancyayoussef https://t.co/tQV3zRasEl
— Rebecca Ballhaus (@rebeccaballhaus) December 20, 2018
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