Months after former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis saw his way out of the Pentagon after a fallout with President Donald Trump, he is now returning to a job he had before his Pentagon position.
Stanford University’s Hoover Institution announced on Tuesday that Mattis will be returning as the Davies Family distinguished fellow on May 1.
“I have long relied on the work of Hoover to supplement my understanding of the critical challenges facing our country and to help guide tough decisions,” Mattis said in a statement. “I believe we have an obligation to pass on the lessons we’ve learned so that future generations can study, learn and become better.
“Hoover has made this part of its mission, and I look forward to returning,” he added.
Mattis sent in his resignation letter on Dec. 20, 2018, after he and Trump found themselves in disagreement over Trump’s plan to pull out troops in Syria.
“Because you have a right to a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position,” Mattis wrote in his letter.
Despite his quick end at the Pentagon, the retired Marine general sent a farewell message to troops.
Read part of his letter below:
Our Department’s leadership, civilian and military, remains in the best possible hands. I am confident that each of you remains undistracted from our sworn mission to support and defend the Constitution while protecting our way of life. Our Department is proven to be at its best when the times are most difficult. So keep the faith in our country and hold fast, alongside our allies, aligned against our foes.
It has been my high honor to serve at your side. May God hold you safe in the air, on land, and at sea.
As Mattis returns to the Hoover Institution, where he worked from 2013 until he was confirmed as the 26th secretary of defense, he will focus on “domestic and international security policy.” Additionally, he will participate in events on national security policy and military.
Hoover Director Tom Gilligan praised Mattis’ experience and knowledge.
“One can find no one more universally respected for his honor, character, and relentless commitment to safeguarding American ideals than Jim Mattis,” Gilligan said in a statement.