U.S. Secretary of Defense resigns after clashing with Trump

US President Donald Trump stunned officials and allies on Dec 19 2018 with the decision to pull out 2,000 American ground forces claiming the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria militant group had been

Defense Secretary James Mattis to Step Down in February

President Trump says he will nominate a new secretary shortly. In the video, Trump declared, "We have won against ISIS ... and now it's time for our troops to come back home". "It is imperative that he pick someone for the Pentagon - and frankly, clear out the rest of his national security team - and appoint people he can trust and whose views comport with his own".

Menedez continued: "Clearly, Secretary Mattis" resignation was prompted by the President's flawed and hasty decision to withdraw our troops from Syria.

"During Jim's tenure, tremendous progress has been made, especially with respect to the purchase of new fighting equipment", Trump tweeted.

Most significantly, Mattis has served as a reassuring presence to us allies, from Europe to the Middle East, and reportedly prevented Trump from taking the most extreme actions.

Speculation that Mattis might not last long in his post grew in October when Republican Trump said in a CBS interview that the general was "sort of a Democrat" and might be leaving. Konstantin Kosachev, chairman of the foreign affairs committee for Russia's upper house of parliament, wrote on his Facebook page that Mattis was leaving because his position toward Russian Federation resembles that of the Democratic Party. In it, Mattis shows that he is thinking about something much bigger than Syria policy.

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Some Democrats expressed sympathy for Mattis and said they understood why he resigned.

Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal is another glaring example of the differences between the two men. Once it became clear he was not going to change his mind, Mattis informed Trump of his intention to leave.

"This is an opportunity for the whole country to get a new secretary of defense who will be aligned with the president on these critical issues, whether you're talking about in Syria, whether you're talking about across the Middle East in general", Miller told CNN.

Mattis warned of the consequences of doing so: "If we leave, 20-odd of the most unsafe terrorist groups in the world centered in that region, and we walk out of there, then we know what will happen". Mattis and others ultimately persuaded Trump to pour additional resources and troops into the conflict to press toward a resolution. "He was maybe the last person who could tell this president 'No.' His departure is a dire omen for the future of our alliances and the security of our country". Many of these Marines have now left the Trump White House amid numerous reports of disagreements or criticisms of Trump.

The resignation also surprised Kabul, where the retired Marine had been seen as a guarantor of US engagement.

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The letter, which did not offer any praise for the President, spent a page-and-a-half going over Mattis' disagreements with Trump regarding their views toward global alliances, among other things.

And Nebraska Republican Senator Ben Sasse, who has criticised the president before, said it was a "sad day for America because Secretary Mattis was giving advice the president needs to hear", United States media reported.

He has deep ties with many serving and former senior British military officers, including General Sir Nick Carter, the chief of the defence staff.

In the White House, Trump installed retired Army Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn as national security adviser.

The departure of a man who has helped to constrain Trump's wilder ideas, such as pulling out of the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation alliance and ostracising the United States' closest allies, means this administration's lurching unpredictability will become even more volatile unless someone of a similar stature can be found who is willing to take his place.

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