The retired Marine Corps general’s resignation comes on the heels of Trump’s controversial plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Syria.
….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!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2018
It is with great sadness that I was informed of the resignation of General Mattis.
He is one of the great military leaders in American history.
He should be proud of the service he has rendered to President @realDonaldTrump and our nation.
— Lindsey Graham (@LindseyGrahamSC) December 20, 2018
Defense Secretary Mattis has served our country with honor and distinction for many years. His departure is a real loss for our nation, our troops, and this Administration.
— Sen. Susan Collins (@SenatorCollins) December 20, 2018