BREAKING: Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis to Retire in February

President Trump announced on Twitter Thursday evening that Secretary of Defense, James Mattis, 68, will retire in February of 2019.

“General Jim Mattis will be retiring, with distinction, at the end of February, after having served my Administration as Secretary of Defense for the past two years. During Jim’s tenure, tremendous progress has been made, especially with respect to the purchase of new fighting equipment. General Mattis was a great help to me in getting allies and other countries to pay their share of military obligations. A new Secretary of Defense will be named shortly. I greatly thank Jim for his service!” Trump said.

Mattis’ resignation letter stated the President has the ‘right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned.’ (screenshot below)

President Trump recently announced he will be withdrawing troops from Syria and Afghanistan to put an end to the endless wars in the Middle East.

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