Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned from the administration on a somewhat sour note, expressing disagreement with the president’s policies.
As IJR Blue noted, Mattis indicated that Trump did a poor job of, among other things, maintaining strong alliances. His decision came amid news that Trump would withdraw troops from Syria, a potentially problematic decision for Kurdish allies in the region.
In a farewell memo dated Dec. 31, Mattis praised troops and offered them support.
Mattis farewell message: “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.” pic.twitter.com/YuxnfkutGg
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) December 31, 2018
Read the memo below:
SUBJECT: Farewell Message
On February 1, 1865, President Lincoln sent to General Ulysses S. Grant a one sentence telegram. It read: “Let nothing which is transpiring, change, hinder, or delay your military movements, or plans.”
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.
James N. Mattis
“It has been my high honor to serve at your side,” he told the troops.
Mattis, as IJR Red reported, also released a holiday message thanking the troops for their service.
Watch the video below:
— U.S. Dept of Defense (@DeptofDefense) December 25, 2018
“Storm clouds loom, yet because of you, your fellow citizens live safe at home,” he said after noting that the troops had to spend the holidays away from family. “Most don’t know your names, but all are confident in their freedoms and their families will be kept safe.”