WASHINGTON D, C, United States of America
Just a day after the US president’s announcement that they have won the war in Syria, US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis submitted a letter of resignation retiring himself from the Trump administration.
US President Trump later tweeted the news Thursday, saying the general will retire “with distinction” at the end of February.
In his letter, the general said his departure was caused by policy differences he had with the President.
But senior members of the president’s own Republican Party have greeted the news his resignation with concern.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he was “distressed” the departure was reportedly due to “sharp differences” that Gen Mattis had with the president.
The President has not immediately named a successor for the role, but said one would be appointed shortly.
In the letter, addressed directly to the Presient, General Mattis described his views on “treating allies with respect” and using “all the tools of American power to provide for the common defence”.
He wrote: “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,”