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.

Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

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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TOM
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TOM

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

Rocky Drummond
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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

Rocky Drummond
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Rocky Drummond

“A source familiar with the matter said Trump was mad at the extensive coverage given to Mattis’ resignation and therefore was forcing him to leave earlier than he originally planned.”

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ron
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ron

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.

Michael
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Michael

Governance by vagaries and temper tantrums.

Rocky Drummond
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Rocky Drummond

It fits his pattern of unpredictability, yes, but also his demand for loyalty above all.

Mark Swatzki
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Mark Swatzki

You think Washington and the private sector might be oil and water?

Rocky Drummond
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Rocky Drummond

No, since the private sector owns most of Washington.

Mark Swatzki
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Mark Swatzki

You mean small business owns Washington?

Rocky Drummond
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Rocky Drummond

Not typically. Big non-government (private) corporations do.

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