Donald Trump said that defense Minister James Mattis in late February will leave his post. The Pentagon chief himself wished the US President to find a candidate who would have similar views with him.
Trump said about the change of the Pentagon head in his Twitter. “General Jim Mattis resigns after serving as defense Minister for two years,” the President said.
According to Reuters, Mattis himself wrote a letter of resignation to the President. In his letter, he expressed the hope that the President will appoint a person with whom he will have more similar views as the head of the Pentagon. At the same time, the Minister wished Trump that in the future the US would take a clear position against Russia and China.
The Agency points out that rumors about the resignation of Mattis went to Washington in October, when Trump in an interview with CBS called the head of the Pentagon “like a Democrat.”
The differences between the President and the Minister were also related to Syria. Trump yesterday announced the withdrawal of the American contingent from this country, while Mathis insisted in recent months that the United States should continue to perform its tasks to assist the allied Kurdish troops.
In the two years of his presidency, Trump has fired more Ministers than any of his five predecessors. One of the loudest was the resignation of Secretary of state Rex Tillerson, to whom the President announced his decision via Twitter. One of the reasons for this was the disagreement between the two politicians about the dialogue with the DPRK.