Mattis Wishes US Troops Merry Christmas, Tells Them to ‘Hold the Line’

Posted December 26, 2018

"We are substantially subsidizing the Militaries of many VERY rich countries all over the world, while at the same time these countries take total advantage of the USA, and our TAXPAYERS, on Trade", Trump wrote in a series of tweets.

President Donald Trump claimed Saturday he gave outgoing Defense Secretary James Mattis "a second chance" after the retired Marine general was ousted from military leadership under the Obama administration. Pat Ryder. Ryder said Dunford "told them that they're American soldiers, they have a mission to do, and to just get after it".

"It is a mistake for President Trump to deny the country an opportunity to have a stable transition to a new Secretary of Defense in this fashion". Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.

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Names that are quietly beginning to surface include some of the civilian leaders of the military services such as Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Army Secretary Mark Esper, an acknowledgement that someone who has already undergone Senate confirmation is considered a safer bet. Mr Mattis said that Mr Trump deserved to have a defence secretary more aligned with his views. "While, Mattis believes that United States military operations in Syria and Afghanistan are aimed at fighting terrorism, which is of great significance to U.S. national security".

Such a sudden switch reflected the White House's displeasure with Mattis' resignation letter, and might cause anxiety among USA allies, said a Chinese expert. In his resignation letter, Mattis said that his views and Trump's did not "align" and that his "over four decades" of experience taught him the value of alliances, such as North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and of standing strong against adversaries like China and Russian Federation.

They asked Trump to "not make any final decision for 90 days to allow time to adequately study the impacts of this decision on our partners, our allies and the re-emergence of ISIS and other terror groups, to ensure our nation's strategic interests are secured".

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Trump told aides that he especially resented the narrative of Mattis as a manager of Trump who served as a human guardrail against the president's impulses, the official said.

The order to withdraw American troops from Syria has been signed, the United States military said Sunday, after President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart agreed to prevent a power vacuum in the wake of the controversial move.

Just after tweeting the announcement about Shanahan, Trump said he had had "a long and productive call" with Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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On December 24, Mattis signed an order withdrawing USA troops from Syria, the Defense Department said, though a timeline and specific details are still being worked on. Let's hope that we see more of that in the New Year.