Trump swipes on Mattis, McGurk in the Wake of resignations

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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.

President Trump took swipes Monday when outgoing Minister of defense of Jim Mattis and diplomat Brett McGurk, both of whom resigned in large part on the President, the decision to move troops from Syria.

The President initially practiced with his criticism of Mattis, a day after the announcement of his Pentagon chief would you the administration on Jan. 1, weeks earlier than his scheduled February departure. In further proof of the escalating tensions between the two men, Trump claimed not to understand, Mattis, his concerns about the “subsidization” of foreign troops.

“We are tweeted in essence, the subsidizing of the armed forces, many of the VERY rich countries around the world, while at the same time, these countries benefit the United States and our TAXPAYERS to take a total of, on trade, the” Trump. “General Mattis saw that as a problem. I DO, and it will be fixed!”


In his resignation letter last Thursday, Mattis, 68, had said he would continue in his role for a further three months. But Trump abruptly announced over the weekend that the Deputy Secretary of defense, would replace Patrick Shanahan Mattis on Jan. 1.

The sudden change stripes Mattis every opportunity to further the scope of the national security policy or smooth jolted relations with allies, the originally planned changeover at the end of February. And the White house reflects write displeasure of the retired Marine Corps general notice.

In the termination letter, Mattis made it clear that he did not see eye-to-eye with the President on several issues. Mattis was also dissatisfied with the trump card, in order to develop plans to pull up to the half of the 14,000 U.S. military forces from Afghanistan.

On Sunday, Trump’s acting chief of staff, said that Trump had been for “quite some time” that he and Mattis, “share some of the same philosophies … [or] have the same point of view on the world.”

Mick Mulvaney told ABC’s “This Week” that the President and his defense chief “was just added never on the same page” on Syria, that Trump had said since his presidential campaign, “he wanted to get out of Syria.” Mulvaney said the President “is entitled, a defence Minister, who is obliged to the same end.”

The trump management is making plans, pulling out all the 2000 troops from Syria. Trump tweeted last week that “we have ISIS be defeated in Syria, my sole reason for his presence during the Trump presidency.”


Trump has the shock of his Syria decision, in spite of fierce cross-party return, critics say 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.

In the course of Mattis’ departure, Brett McGurk, the U.S. envoy for the global coalition against the Islamic state (ISIS), it was also reported, leaving his post in protest. McGurk said in a notice Minister Mike Pompeo, the ISIS was on the run writing on the outside, but was still not defeated-and that the United States work in Syria was not yet ready.

Since McGurk’s announcement, Trump has sharply criticized on social media for his role in” the Iran nuclear deal brokered by former President Barack Obama. During his time as deputy assistant secretary of state for Iraq and Iran, McGurk, the secret negotiations with Iran led to a prisoner swap and the release of four Americans from the Evin prison in Tehran. This coincided with a cash payout to Tehran, ostensibly as part of a legal settlement.

Trump on Monday, the debt to McGurk for the payment, as he fumed about McGurk’s ” sympathizers.”

“For all the sympathizers out there, the Board can remember McGurk, he was the Obama-officer, was responsible tweeted for the loading of airplanes with $ 1.8 billion in cash & send it to Iran as a part of the terrible Iran Nuclear Deal (now completed) and approved by the Small Bob Corker,” Trump.

Fox News, Gregg Re, and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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