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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Resigns

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Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has handed in his resignation and will leave his post by the end of February.

According to the Associated Press, Mattis’ resignation came after clashing with President Trump over the removal of American troops from Syria, the final culmination of two years of disagreeing with Trump over “America’s role in the world.”

In his resignation letter, the Pentagon chief told the president, “you have a right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours.”

“While the U.S. remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies,” the Associated Press reports Mattis wrote in his resignation letter.

“My views on treating allies with respect and also being clear-eyed about both malign actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed by over four decades of immersion in these issues,” Mattis wrote. “We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances.”

According to the AP, the President said a replacement would be chosen soon, with press secretary Sarah Sanders saying, “The president’s national security team’s job is to give him advice and it’s the president’s job to make a decision.”

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