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Minister of defense James Mattis, President Trump gave his announcement on Thursday — a move that has lawmakers on both sides of the aisle something to worry about. A signed letter of termination, which was released by the Pentagon, Mattis said he would remain in the role through Feb. 28, the completion of a 2 year collaboration with trump.
The announcement came a day after Trump surprised U.S. allies and members of Congress, and announced the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Syria, and he is further of the opinion that shrinks the American mission in Afghanistan.
In a long letter to the President, Mattis played on possible disagreements with trump. In particular, Mattis said the United States should be careful, if the communication with the countries of the “increasingly in tension with ours” citing Russia and China.
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“It is clear that China and Russia, for example, to promote a world to win, in accordance with their authoritarian model – to-veto-authority over other Nations, economic, diplomatic and security decisions to their own interests at the expense of their neighbors, America and our allies. Therefore, we need to wrote to use all of the tools to offer the American power for the common defense”, ” Mattis,.
In conclusion, Mattis Trump said had the right to work with a defense Minister ” whose views aligned better with you-on this and other topics, and added that his resignation of his post is to do the “right” thing.
News from Mattis’ impending departure shocked to decrypt some of the legislators, which is encrypted, the reasoning behind it.
Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., Mattis’ work ethic, praised, admitting, “it is not easy to replace.”
“In the interest of our national security, I hope that his decision to resign was solely the desire to be motivated, to enjoy a well-deserved rest,” he added in a tweet.
Sen. Mark Warner, D-Va., called the announcement “scary.”
“Secretary Mattis has been an island of stability amidst the chaos of the trump administration. As we have seen, to be with the President of the haphazard approach in Syria, our national defense is important, exposed to the President of the unpredictable whims,” Warner wrote on Twitter, sharing a copy of Mattis’ letter of termination.
Sen Rob Portman, R-Ohio, thanked Mattis for his life’s work, which, he said, we’ve “benefited immensely”.
“As #SecDef, he led efforts to rebuild our military, defeat #ISIS & keep the American people safe. He is a patriot, and I thank him for his service,” he said.
Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., said Mattis was really an “American hero.”
After reading Mattis’ letter to the President, Rep. Don Beyer, D-Va., Mattis’ words stressed.
“In his resignation letter, Mattis, the right to a defence Minister whose views better to called them on topics such as ‘the treatment of the allies with respect,” says Beyer repeated, the letter a “stunning wrote that Trump has “rebuke.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham, R – S. C., announced Mattis’ retirement in “grief” Thursday, calling him one of the nation’s greatest military leaders.
“General Mattis is a combination of intellect and integrity. He was made in the fight against radical Islam for decades, and sound and ethical military advice to President Trump. He is a role model for the concept of duty, honor, country,” Graham added.
Graham recently blasted trump for his decision to pull troops from Syria, calling it an “Obama-like decision.” In return, Trump fired back at the politician — who has expressed his support for the administration in the past — in a tweet, saying it was difficult to understand why Graham would life against the saving of countless people.
To believe “So hard that Lindsey Graham against saving soldier lives & billions of $$$. Why do we fight our enemy, Syria, stay & killing ISIS, Russia, Iran and other locals? Time, our country and our youth back home, where you belong!” Trump tweeted.
Rep. Joyce Beatty, D-Ohio, suggested that it was “Mattis assumed” contradicts Trump’s withdrawal of troops from Syria.
Rep. Mike Turner, R-Ohio, is credited Mattis for the reconstruction of the nation, the military, and his commitment to make the world a safer place.
“Our military has been re-Secretary of state Matti’s leadership established. He has been a strong partner in working with the Congress, as a force of reason on a solid support, which tweeted our troops in difficult and dangerous times”, Turner.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., used the announcement to fire on Trump.
“Old Marines never die, they do it, but after the President ignored their advice, betrays our allies, reward our enemies, and the nation’s security at risk. Turn off the lights, if Mattis leaves; we will not again, while trump remains in office,” he tweeted, sharing Trump’s tweet announcing Mattis’ departure.
Sen. Chris Murphy, D-Conn., pointed to the potential impact of Mattis for his resignation.
“Imagine, the morale crisis at the Department of Defense now that a commitment to the 1-2 punch of Syria repentance, and Mattis’ resignation. Devastating,” he wrote.
Murphy as a “security crisis.”
Speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan said Congress is to blame “” to Mattis for his service.
“With our country’s defense in his hands, we are a safer America at home, and a determining force abroad. His patriotism and grit are matched only by his humility and grace,” Ryan tweeted.
Trump said on Thursday that Mattis ” replacement “would be the name in the near future.”
“While Jim has been made, the time, enormous progress, in particular with regard to the purchase of new combat equipment,” Trump tweeted. “General Mattis was a very great help to allies and other countries to pay their share of the military obligations. A new defense Minister will be named shortly. I very much Jim for his service thank you!”
Here is a look at some other reactions from legislators.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.