Mattis signs troop withdrawal order after Trump ‘fires’ him on Twitter

Dec 26, 2018, 20:28
Mattis signs troop withdrawal order after Trump ‘fires’ him on Twitter

The video, dated December 19, shows Mattis before a wall of flags, praising US forces for serving the country on a day many Americans take off from work.

During several trips to US-allied and partnered states since Trump's inauguration, I even heard half-joking comments from analysts who confessed they prayed for Mattis' health every night.

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A senior administration official told Reuters that Shanahan "has a deep-seated understanding of military operations, and global security affairs, and importantly, has the breadth of large-scale business management experience that will enable him to effectively oversee the Defense Department". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C. Historically when a secretary has resigned, he has stayed on until a successor is confirmed.

A senior White House official said that Trump was irked by the attention given to Mattis' resignation letter. "While, Mattis believes that USA military operations in Syria and Afghanistan are aimed at fighting terrorism, which is of great significance to United States national security". US officials said the fallout angered Trump and fueled his decision to accelerate the Mattis departure. "Some thought I shouldn't, I thought I should", Trump tweeted Saturday, foreshadowing his displeasure and the Sunday announcement.

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The announcement that Mattis would leave the administration came just after Trump stunned Washington and allies overseas in declaring that USA troops would leave Syria and significantly withdraw from Afghanistan.

After President Donald Trump unexpected announced a strategy-free withdrawal of USA troops from Syria, Brett McGurk, a longtime national security official acting as the president's special envoy to the coalition against ISIS, resigned his post. "Allies are very important-but not when they take advantage of USA". Grandstander? The Fake News is making such a big deal about this nothing event!

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Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone on Sunday and "agreed to ensure coordination between their countries' military, diplomatic and other officials to avoid a power vacuum which could result following any abuse of the withdrawal and transition phase in Syria", the Turkish presidency said in a statement. Mulvaney said the president "is entitled to have a secretary of defense who is committed to that same end". They asked Trump to withhold a final decision for 90 days to allow time to study the impact of the decision, but Mulvaney told ABC that Trump wouldn't change his mind. Brett McGurk, the top U.S. envoy to the worldwide coalition fighting the Islamic State militant group, also resigned in protest over Trump's Syria decision. It notes the holiday time of year and that many military members are far from home.

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