Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned on Thursday defying President Trump’s decision to withdraw US troops from Syria. In his resignation letter, he told Donald Trump that he should choose a person whose views on policies are better aligned.
Mattis wrote in his letter to the President, “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.”
Indeed, Mattis’ resignation letter disapproved several of Trump’s foreign policy aspects; it also lacked praise for the President.
On Wednesday, Trump had announced that the US will draw its troops from Syria as the US ” defeated ISIS.” James Mattis was strongly opposed to the president’s decision of troop withdrawal from Syria and Afghanistan.
However, Lawmakers are shocked, shaken and disappointed about the news of James Mattis’ resignation over Trump’s strategy decisions.
Republican Senator Marco Rubio of Florida tweeted, “It makes it abundantly clear that we are headed towards a series of grave policy errors which will endanger our nation, damage our alliances & empower our adversaries.”
Supporting James Mattis, a New York Democrat, Eliot Engel, believes that President’s decision on Syria was “the straw that broke the camel’s back” for Mattis.
Engel said, “He couldn’t just go along with it,”… “How can you continue to work for an administration whose foreign policy is not something that you believe? … How can you keep working for a boss whose policies you don’t believe in?”
Nebraska Republican said in a statement, “General Mattis was giving advice the President needs to hear”… “Mattis rightly believes that Russia and China are clear adversaries and that we are at war with jihadists across the globe who plot to kill Americans at home. Isolationism is a weak strategy that will harm Americans and America’s allies. Radical Islamic jihadists are still at war with us, and no ISIS is not gone.”
Republican Senate Lindsey Graham of South Carolina could be the next possible candidate for defense secretary.