Behind the scenes of the Mattis bomb: Additional return expected kicks, to ‘protest’ exit

nearvideo defense Secretary James Mattis’ resignation is a protest of the President of the Trump national security policies, sources say

Mattis’ resignation is the first of its kind in 40 years, according to Jennifer Griffin.

Minister of defense of Jim Mattis’ resignation, the sealed shocked by Washington’s national security establishment and rattled America’s allies, was in a fateful 18-hour period, saw President of the Trump correct to withdraw troops from Syria – alarming Pentagon officials, who see America’s role in the region is of crucial importance.

For Mattis, the President of the order, the last straw, Fox News was told.

“Make no mistake – Jim Mattis is a resignation in protest over the President of the national security policy,” a senior U.S. defense official told Fox News.

Fox News is said to be more resignations at the Pentagon in could wake Mattis’.


Trump has from his Syria decision, say critics, is that the exit should come as “no surprise” his 2016 campaign promises, argues that America’s role as “policeman of the Middle East” worth the sacrifice

But Mattis was not on the call. Fox News has learned new details of the last moments that the led cured the Pentagon in his resignation letter to the White house, setting off speculation – and the party leaves the leader to March cross-concern about the direction of the Trump foreign policy in the new year, especially with John Kelly as chief of staff of the White house.


In a revealing detail, it appears Mattis’ resignation letter was already written when he went to the White house at 3 p.m. on Thursday with the announcement in hand. Fifty copies of his resignation letter had already been printed and were be in a folder in his office distributed on his return.

Before leaving for the White house, Mattis is the President of video watched explained, to drag his decision out of Syria. In the video, Trump said, “We have won against ISIS … and now it’s time to get our troops back home.”

Trump then he pointed to the sky and suggested he was engaged in it, for the soldiers who had died.

Mattis spent 45 minutes with the President of Fox News ” is told, and not try to change the President’s mind on Syria, despite some reports to the contrary.

According to those familiar with the Secretary of the decision, it was a resignation on principle.

It would be the first time in 40 years that a Cabinet official has resigned over a political difference. To do the last person, then-President Jimmy Carter’s foreign Minister, Cyrus Vance, during the failed Iran hostage rescue.

The Pentagon leaders the resignation letter, in diplomatic but unmistakable terms, also made it clear that he was leaving the administration over policy disagreements and not job fatigue.


“Because you have the right to have a Secretary of defense whose views aligned better with you-on this and other topics, I think it is the right thing for me is wrote to the resignation of my office”, Mattis.

Mattis wrote to serve that he “had the privilege” in his role as Secretary of defense

Fox News is told that Mattis believes pulling out of Syria a betrayal of the Kurds and the Syrian Democratic forces, U.S. allies, which military leaders believe that they are slaughtered as soon as the us leaves Syria.


In Washington, what next, another ground-breaking debate which the principles of the Republican party for years to come. can Trump already has the party changed the core on issues such as trade and entitlements. In its military drawdown effort, Trump found allies in the legislature, such as Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., those who strongly opposed US intervention overseas. But for now, you Republicans, such as Sen. Lindsey Graham, as such, extracts a grave and strategic mistake are overwhelmed by radical.

The Syrian pullout was coupled with the news that the Pentagon, which is said to consider up to 7,000 troops from Afghanistan – or half of the U.S. presence – against the advice of senior military leaders.

“If we continue on our current course of movement, the loss of all of our profits and paving said the way to a second 9/11,” Graham, in relation to Afghanistan.

Earlier this month, Mattis was asked by Fox News’ Bret Baier was on the Reagan National Defense Forum, whether he is under pressure to pull out of Afghanistan.

Mattis warned to do before the consequences: “If we go, 20-odd of the most dangerous terrorist groups in the world, centered in this region, and we go out, then we know what will happen. Our news services are very specific, that we will be attacked in a number of years.”

As for what precipitated Trump the decision, Fox News first reported that Trump agreed to a pullout, during a conversation last week with the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders stressed that Trump and the outgoing defence Minister had a “good relationship” even if you sometimes disagree.

“The President is listening to always, of the members of his national security team, but at the end of the day it is the President to make the decision,” she said.

Another factor was also said to be a game in Mattis’ decision, Fox News. A source said Mattis had campaigned for the Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David gold to replace fine outgoing Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Joe Dunford.

Trump, however, was with the army-chief of staff Mark Milley, who came like a punch in Mattis.

Fox News’ John Roberts contributed to this report.

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