Donald Trump has announced that the Secretary Of Defense Jim Mattis will be leaving on January 1st. Earlier this morning, he tweeted “I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, will assume the title of Acting Secretary of Defense starting January 1, 2019. Patrick has a long list of accomplishments while serving as Deputy, & previously Boeing. He will be great!”.
In a previous tweet, Trump had said that Mattis would leave at the end of February, but he seems to have changed his mind. In his resignation letter, Mattis made it clear that he did not agree with the decision to bring home the troops from Syria. In his resignation letter, Mattis wrote “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.” His temporary replacement for Mattis is Patrick Shanahan. Shanahan was is currently the Deputy Secretary Of Defense.