Defense Minister Jim Mattis on Thursday announced his resignation on the grounds of different policy views with the President, just a day after the President called for the withdrawal of US troops from Syria.
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In a 2-page resignation letter to Mr. Trump, General Mattis mentioned his belief in the value of US leadership in strategic allies, including NATO and a coalition of 74 countries to defeat ISIS. “Because you have the right to have a Minister of Defense with a view that fits more closely with your views on these and other issues, I believe that withdrawing from position is a good job,” the head of the Pentagon recorded in a letter to the US President. Shortly before the Pentagon announced the resignation letter, Mr. Trump went online to Twitter to announce that Mr. Mattis had left the cabinet, and the former Marine General would retired at the end of February. The president said he would soon appoint a new Pentagon leader.