Annoyed Trump, Replaced Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Early

Annoyed Trump, Replaced Defense Secretary Jim Mattis Early, that’s all that can be said about all that US President Donald Trump, is doing yet again. US President Donald Trump is at it again – but this just seems to be his normal way of going about things, more so of late! President Donald Trump announced that Mr. James Mattis, US Secretary of Defense, will leave his post by January 1st, 2019

Why This Turn Of Events?

Recently US President Donald Trump had announced on Twitter that he would be pulling out from Syria, 2,000 American troops. The US President also announced that he would reduce the number of US troops in Afghanistan, by half. As a result of the US President’s decision, US Secretary of Defense, Mr. James Mattis, handed in his resignation.

Mr. James Mattis, in his letter to the US President, blasted the US President for mistreating allies and said,

“Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position. 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. 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.”

What Did The US President Say About The Resignation?

US President Donald Trump announced on Twitter,

“General Jim Mattis will be retiring, with distinction, at the end of February, after having served my Administration as Secretary of Defense for the past two years. During Jim’s tenure, tremendous progress has been made, especially with respect to the purchase of new fighting equipment. General Mattis was a great help to me in getting allies and other countries to pay their share of military obligations. A new Secretary of Defense will be named shortly. I greatly thank Jim for his service!”

What Others Have To Say On Twitter, About General Mattis’ Resignation…

“It is with great sadness that I was informed of the resignation of General Mattis. He is one of the great military leaders in American history. He should be proud of the service he has rendered to President Donald Trump and our nation.” – Lindsey Graham

“Defense Secretary Mattis has served our country with honor and distinction for many years. His departure is a real loss for our nation, our troops, and this Administration.” – Senator Susan Collins 

The New US Secretary Of Defense?

He will be none other than Mr. Patrick Shanahan, deputy to Mr. James Mattis. Mr. Patrick Shanahan will take over as acting defense chief. Mr. Patrick Shanahan had taken on his position as deputy secretary of defense of the USA, in June 2017. Prior to this, he worked with Boeing, as an executive. He had had no previous government experience, prior to this appointment.

What does US President Donald Trump have to say about his new acting defense chief? This is what the US President said on Twitter, “I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, will assume the title of Acting Secretary of Defense starting January 1, 2019. Patrick has a long list of accomplishments while serving as Deputy, & previously Boeing. He will be great!”

And… Here Are The Headlines…

Here are what the leading news media have to say about the activities of US President Donald Trump…

Fox News: “SHUTDOWN SHOWDOWN.”

CNN: “DEFENSE SECRETARY QUITS … AS GOVERNMENT SHUTDOWN LOOMS AND FINANCIAL MARKETS TANK.”

MSNBC: “TRUMP CHAOS.”

Megan Davies

Megan Davies is a reporter for White Pine Tribune.  After graduating from the University of Toronto, Megan got an internship at the CBC News and worked as a reporter and editor.  Megan has also worked as a reporter for Global Toronto. Megan covers economy and community events for White Pine Tribune.

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