Secretary of Defense James Mattis announced Thursday he would be resigning from his position in February, in a letter to the President.
Mattis’s resignation comes almost immediately after President Trump announced the United States would be withdrawing military personnel from Syria. Differing visions on the decision seem to have had an impact upon Mattis’s resignation, as the retired Marine Corps general stated that President Trump had “the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects.” While not explicitly mentioning Syria, Mattis alluded to his differing views from Trump on national security strategy in a previous paragraph.
Mattis had endured in his position as Secretary of Defense from the beginning of the Trump position, and will have served more than two years in the position upon his departure from office- longer than many other initial cabinet members of the Trump administration. He came into the position after a distinguished 44-year career in the United States Marine Corps, retiring as a General in 2013. Mattis was a veteran of the Persian Gulf War, the War in Afghanistan, and the 2003 Iraq War, becoming somewhat of an celebrity amongst service members known for a colorful personality.
Although contention between the national security visions of Trump and Mattis led to the latter’s resignation, both the outgoing Secretary of Defense and President touched upon accomplishments made at the Department of Defense during Mattis’s term. Progress had been made in motivating NATO allies of the United States to place more money into defense in accordance with their obligation to spend 2.0% of GDP as a term of NATO’s charter.
The departure of Mattis from the Department of Defense could potentially mean that the Trump administration will move forward on a withdrawal of U.S military forces from Afghanistan, after a record-setting 18-year conflict in the country.
It’s likely that a nominee for Secretary of Defense will be put forth by the administration within the next week or two, and Mattis pledged to work to ensure a smooth transition.
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John Bolton Completes Turncoat Transformation, Slams Trump White House For Delaying Tell-All Book
Bolton’s book is subject to a national security review.
Former White House National Security Adviser John Bolton bemoaned a national security review of his upcoming tell-all book when speaking at Duke University on Monday.
Bolton isn’t pleased that his book, “The Room Where it Happened: A White House Memoir,” is being delayed while White House national security personnel thoroughly review it to ensure any and all classified information remains private. According to Bolton, the book’s been in review since December 30th, hardly a lengthy period of time to ensure that classified U.S intelligence isn’t released to the broader public.
According to Bolton, the process is censorship.
“I say things in the manuscript about what [Trump] said to me; I hope they become public someday. He tweets, but I can’t talk about it — how fair is that?”
Bolton was fired as National Security Adviser for consistently trying to undermine the President’s America First foreign policy vision, instead preferring a neoconservative approach of regime change, globalism, and wide-ranging foreign intervention.
He’s flirted strongly with anti-Trump resistance liberals since his ouster, falling out of the President’s good graces and drawing his ire in presidential tweets.
For a guy who couldn’t get approved for the Ambassador to the U.N. years ago, couldn’t get approved for anything since, “begged” me for a non Senate approved job, which I gave him despite many saying “Don’t do it, sir,” takes the job, mistakenly says “Libyan Model” on T.V., and..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 29, 2020
This isn’t the first time that Bolton has claimed the White House are censoring him. He incorrectly believed the White House was blocking his access to his official Twitter account, when by all indications it simply appears he was unaware how to bypass the two-factor authentication needed to access Twitter from a new IP address after his firing.
It’s totally reasonable for Bolton’s profiteering book to be delayed for any and all considerations over classified information. The longtime neoconservative pundit will simply have to wait to cash in.
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