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Mattis quotes from Lincoln, says the Pentagon, to ‘hold fast’ with US allies in the farewell message

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Trump the decision robs Mattis of the opportunity to participate in a NATO Ministerial meeting and the testimony before Congress, Lucas Tomlinson reports from the Pentagon.

WASHINGTON – the Outgoing Minister of defense of Jim Mattis instructed Defense Department employees, both civilian and military, to “hold fast to the side of our allies, against our enemies” in his farewell address Monday.

The 125-word letter also cited a one-sentence telegram sent, in the year 1865 by President Abraham Lincoln to the commander-in-chief of the Union forces, Gen. Ulysses S. Grant, on Feb. 1, 1865. The message read: “Let nothing what happened, to alter, hinder, or delay your military movements or plans.”

“Our Department, the leadership of the civilian and military continue to be in the best of hands,” Mattis wrote. “I am confident that each of them remains undistracted by our sworn mission to support and defend the Constitution and protect our way of life. Our Department is proven to be the best, when times are hard.”

The message concluded: “It was a high honor to serve by your side. May God keep you safe in the air, on land and on the sea.”

Mattis, who submitted his resignation in Dec. 20 and, in fact, was fired by trump three days later, spent the day in his third-floor Pentagon office preparing for the hand of his duties in the midnight, Deputy Secretary-General Patrick Shanahan. Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, acting Minister of defense, to someone for this post to be nominated.

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In 711 days as Secretary of defense, Mattis rank with a series of surprise, sometimes suddenly, and often confusing, decisions by Trumpf, including a July 2017 presidential tweet, says he, the ban on transgender military service would be. Mattis also do not agree with Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. He was one of persuade as a victory, to abandon his trump card, at least temporarily, be declared instinct to withdraw from Afghanistan. Earlier this month, Trump returned and ordered a partial withdrawal, overwrite Mattis’ objections.

Mattis was also of Trump’s tweet Dec. 8 of the announcement, he took the army chief of staff, gen Mark Milley, the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Thus, not only the left, the current Chairman, gen. Joseph Dunford will, in a lame-duck status until his planned retirement next fall, but it also marks an unusual rejection of the advice of his own Secretary of defense. Mattis Air Force Gen. David gold had recommended that the fine for the job.

The discrepancies accumulated, and if Trump decided to pull the US troops out of Syria, Mattis submitted the resignation letter that he had written a few days earlier. To finish his decision stunned many at the Pentagon and in the world. Trump himself seemed surprised, and three days later he tweeted that Shanahan would replace Mattis on Jan. 1, cut short Mattis ” announced, they plan to stay until Feb. 28 for a smooth transition.

A senior U.S. defense official told Fox News at the time that Mattis resigned, “in protest against the President of the national security policy.” The Minister of defence, believed to be from Syria a betrayal of the country were Kurds and the U.S.-based Syrian democratic forces, the military leaders believe slaughtered each U.S. pullout would be in the result.

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Mattis has not said publicly what he intends to do more. He mused about returning to his roots in Washington state. He was born in Pullman and raised in Richland. He studied at Central Washington University in 1971, and then joined the Marine Corps, where he worked first as a Lieutenant and rose to the rank of four-star general.

Mattis is the first of the retired general as Minister of defense since George Marshall in 1950-51. His confirmation by the Senate required for the passage of the legislation to override a prohibition against the former U.S. service members, since the single less than seven years, the Defense Department’s top job. Mattis retired from the Navy in 2013.

David Maxwell, a Board-Colonel-numbered army, served 30 years in uniform, said goodbye and resignation letter together, be investigated and be investigated … for the years to come,” for lessons in leadership. Maxwell is a senior fellow at the Foundation for defense of democracies.

Mattis, 68, has not publicly commented on his reasons for the resignation, about what he wrote in his resignation letter, in which he expressed pride that served with the men and women of the defense Ministry, but not directly to thank trump. He wrote that the President “has the right to have a secretary of defense whose views are to be better coordinated”.

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“My views on the treatment of the allies with respect, and also clear eyes about the two malicious actors and strategic competitors are strongly held and informed over four decades of immersion in these issues,” Mattis wrote.

Shanahan, who has been the Pentagon’s No. 2 official since July 19, 2017, was for the Boeing co. since 1986. His views on strategic issues such as the U.S. alliances, and the wars in Afghanistan and Syria are largely unknown to the General public. During his Senate hearing in June 2017, he drew the wrath of the Republican sen. John McCain of Arizona, for clearly enough, if he favored providing defensive arms to Ukraine in response to Russia’s military intervention.

Although he is the title of acting secretary, Shanahan keep all of the executive and command authorities of a Senate-confirmed Secretary, according to his spokesman, Army Lt. Col. Joe Buccino. It is rare for the Pentagon by one of the acting Secretary; the last, William H. Taft, who served in this capacity for about 60 days in the year 1989, as President George H. W. Bush, the first choice for defense Secretary, John Tower, was mired in controversy and ultimately failed of confirmation by the Senate. Dick Cheney was then nominated and confirmed.

Fox News’ Jennifer Griffin and Lucas Tomlinson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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