James Mattis' Brother Speaks Out About His Resignation

US envoy to anti-IS coalition resigns after Trump's Syria decision

"We are substantially subsidizing the Militaries of many VERY rich countries all over the world, while at the same time these countries take total advantage of the USA, and our TAXPAYERS, on Trade", he continued.

The exit of Mr Mattis, highly regarded by Republicans and Democrats alike, added to their concern over what they see as Mr Trump's unpredictable, go-it-alone approach to global security.

Shanahan, 56, did not serve in the military and has little foreign policy and government experience.

Names that are quietly beginning to surface include some of the civilian leaders of the military services such as Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Army Secretary Mark Esper, an acknowledgement that someone who has already undergone Senate confirmation is considered a safer bet.

Outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis sent a holiday message to United States service members in which he commended them and noted their sacrifice, yet also said, "storm clouds loom".

Former President Barack Obama fired Mattis as head of U.S. Central Command in 2013 in large part because of Mattis' increasingly hawkish posture toward Iran.

Just days after Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced he would step down from that post in late February, Trump announced by Twitter he would push the popular Cabinet member out on January 1.

Outgoing Defense Secretary James Mattis wished U.S. troops a merry Christmas and was at work on Christmas Day after being fired by President Trump two months prior to his planned departure date. "But if I do get orders, I think it is important for you to know that we are still with the security forces". But it found a champion in Patrick M. Shanahan, the deputy secretary of defense who will soon become the Pentagon's acting chief. "Some thought I shouldn't, I thought I should", Trump tweeted Saturday, foreshadowing his displeasure and the Sunday announcement.

On Sunday, the outgoing defense secretary signed the order - which outlines how and when an estimated 2,000 American troops would be redeployed from Syria - just days after he resigned in protest of Trump's decision to pull out of the country.

"He was very calm about the whole thing", Tom Mattis said in an interview with The Seattle Times.

"I've encouraged him to find people who have some overlap with him but don't see the world in lockstep with him", Mulvaney said. "While, Mattis believes that U.S. military operations in Syria and Afghanistan are aimed at fighting terrorism, which is of great significance to USA national security". "After many years they are coming home".

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