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James Mattis Works at Pentagon on Christmas, Sends Message to Troops

26 December 2018

"We are substantially subsidizing the Militaries of many VERY rich countries all over the world, while at the same time these countries take total advantage of the USA, and our TAXPAYERS, on Trade", Trump tweeted on Monday, one day after he announced Shanahan's appointment.

Trump, who tweeted on Thursday that Mattis was "retiring, with distinction, at the end of February", made his displeasure clear on Saturday by tweeting that the retired Marine general had been "ingloriously fired" by former President Barack Obama and he had given Mattis a second chance. Pat Ryder. Ryder said Dunford "told them that they're American soldiers, they have a mission to do, and to just get after it". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., who was there.

Although Mattis' letter initially annoyed the president, the coverage of it was even more hard to stomach, according to a senior administration official.

Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty ImagesSecretary of State Mike Pompeo, Mattis, and national-security adviser John Bolton.

Administration officials said Trump was annoyed by Mattis' resignation letter, which included an implicit criticism of Trump's disregard for allies.

U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will be leaving President Donald J. Trump's cabinet effective January 1 despite his announced resignation date of February 28.

But Trump's announcement appeared to forestall that trip. Whatever Trump might have tweeted or uttered during summits, Mattis' stewardship of the massive US defense bureaucracy would result in predictability.

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"With me, hit hard instead by the Fake News Media".

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.

Trump and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan spoke by telephone on Sunday and "agreed to ensure coordination between their countries' military, diplomatic and other officials to avoid a power vacuum which could result following any abuse of the withdrawal and transition phase in Syria", Erdogan said in a statement.

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned this month, reportedly in response to the decision to withdraw from Syria. They asked Trump to withhold a final decision for 90 days to allow time to study the impact of the decision, but Mulvaney told ABC that Trump wouldn't change his mind.

The order has been signed for the withdrawal of American troops from Syria, where they have been deployed to assist in the war against the Islamic State jihadist group, a U.S. military spokesperson has said.

Mr Trump wrote: "I just had a long and productive call with President @RT_Erdogan of Turkey". It notes the holiday time of year and that many military members are far from home.

James Mattis Works at Pentagon on Christmas, Sends Message to Troops