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US Pentagon chief Mattis resigns over policy differences with Trump

Jim Mattis told Trump 'you have the right to have a defense chief whose views are better aligned with yours'
15:16, 21 December 2018

James Mattis, US Pentagon chief
Reuters

US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis announced his resignation the day after President Donald Trump overruled his advice against withdrawing the troops from Syria and pressed forward on discussions to pull out of Afghanistan. This was reported by the CNN agency.

The announcement came the day after Trump surprised Washington's allies and members of the Congress by announcing the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from Syria, as he continues to consider shrinking the American deployment in Afghanistan.

"Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position," Mattis wrote to Trump in a pointed two-page letter that he delivered in person to the Commander in Chief earlier Thursday afternoon.

"One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies," Mattis wrote.

Related: Achieved results under threat, - Germany about Trump’s decision to withdraw troops from Syria

As it was reported earlier, President of Russia Vladimir Putin supported the decision of U.S. President Trump to withdraw the American troops from Syria.

The critics, including the Republicans state that it promotes the goals of the Russians in the Middle East. However, Trump clearly believes that America has already achieved all possible goals in Syria.

Related: Trump proclaims victory over ISIS in Syria

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