Mattis Wishes US Troops Merry Christmas, Tells Them to ‘Hold the Line’

Dec 26, 2018, 20:30
Mattis Wishes US Troops Merry Christmas, Tells Them to ‘Hold the Line’

In an interview with the Seattle Times, Tom Mattis, the older brother of soon-to-be-former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, recalled the phone conservation he had on Sunday after President Donald Trump chose to move up his brother's departure date to the beginning of the year.

According to a senior administration official cited by the Washington Post, Mattis was informed of his dismissal by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who had been directed by Trump to inform the secretary of defense.

US President Donald Trump's first appointed secretary of defense, James Mattis, has resigned.

But Trump's announcement appeared to forestall that trip. Brett McGurk, the top U.S. envoy to the worldwide coalition fighting the Islamic State militant group, also resigned in protest over Trump's Syria decision. Grandstander? The Fake News is making such a big deal about this nothing event! "I DO, and it is being fixed!" he said.

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Mattis makes clear in his resignation letter that Trump's fondness for autocrats and disrespect for allies are in the highly respected and trusted Secretary of Defense's view unsafe to our national security.

Either possibility, at the end of the day, is not a good look for the man tasked with the goal of commanding our armed forces and keeping our nation safe. In his resignation letter, Mattis said that his views and Trump's did not "align" and that his "over four decades" of experience taught him the value of alliances, such as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and of standing strong against adversaries like China and Russian Federation.

"The execute order for Syria has been signed", said a U.S. military spokesman on Sunday, when asked about the withdrawal order, without providing further details. Mulvaney said the president "is entitled to have a secretary of defense who is committed to that same end". "The secretary of defence serves at the pleasure of the president", the statement read. Mattis had been at work on Friday, and defence officials had insisted he was planning to stay through February, when he would attend a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation defence ministers meeting. "What I don't like, however, is when many of these same countries take advantage of their friendship with the United States, both in Military Protection and Trade". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who was there.

Trump on Monday morning took to Twitter to criticize Mattis and highlight their disagreements.

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But Mulvaney, asked on ABC whether there was any chance the president might change his mind on Syria decision, said: "No". It was that for sure, I think that was the tipping point.

Mr Trump wrote: "I just had a long and productive call with President @RT_Erdogan of Turkey".

Turkey has sent military reinforcements to Northern Syria close to an area controlled by Kurdish forces, which were backed by USA troops. "After many years they are coming home".

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