Trump Forces out Mattis on January 1, Two Months Earlier Than Expected

Martinez Monsivais/Pool via Reuters

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday said he was replacing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Jan. 1 with deputy defense secretary Patrick Shanahan in an acting capacity after Mattis resigned over policy differences and offered to stay in his post for two more months.

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A source familiar with the situation told Reuters that Trump was irked by the attention given to Mattis’ resignation letter, which implicitly criticized Trump’s foreign policies and his treatment of military allies after the president’s decision to pull troops out of Syria.

Trump announced Shanahan’s appointment in a tweet, calling the former Boeing Co executive “very talented”.

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In a shock announcement on Wednesday, Trump said he was withdrawing U.S. troops from Syria, a decision that upended American policy in the region.

(Reporting by Idrees Ali and Steve Holland; Writing by Lesley Wroughton; Editing by Phil Berlowitz and Daniel Wallis)

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Misleading headline. Oh, it is by Reuters, what would you expect.

Rocky Drummond

Foxnews says Trump got rid of Mattis early because he was getting bad press and Mattis was getting the good coverage.

“[Trump] also fumed over the media coverage of his Syria withdrawal order, suggesting he should be popular for bringing troops home.” Foxnews/AP


Why keep him there if he doesn’t want to be there. Just like when someone gives you their two weeks notice, most of the time they become a lame duck.


Governance by vagaries and temper tantrums.

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