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A day after President Trump announces the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria, Secretary of Defense James Mattis hands in his resignation letter.

Sec. Mattis will leave at the end of February.

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Why Is He Leaving?

“Because you have the right to have a secretary of defense whose views are better aligned with yours … I believe it is right for me to step down from my position.”

Sec. Mattis
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What Else His Letter Says:

  • Calls out China & Russia as two actors who want to extend their “authoritarian model” of the world.
  • Says he values “treating allies with respect” & being “clear-eyed about maligned actors and strategic competitors.”
  • Mentions the importance of alliances like NATO, and the 74 nation Defeat-ISIS coalition.
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“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. A new Secretary of Defense will be named shortly. I greatly thank Jim for his service!”

President Trump via Twitter
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Widely respected in the military for his 4-decades of service, Gen. James "Mad Dog" Mattis' upcoming departure raises many questions about what's next for the President's strategy in Syria, Afghanistan and beyond. Read Sec. Mattis' resignation letter for yourself.

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