President Trump announced Sunday that Defense Secretary James Mattis, who resigned in protest last week, would leave his job on Jan 1, two months before his planned departure. Trump said in a tweet that Mattis’s deputy, Patrick Shanahan, will serve as acting Pentagon chief.“Patrick has a long list of accomplishments while serving as Deputy, & previously Boeing,” Trump wrote. “He will be great!”
The President 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!
Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, was named deputy Defense secretary in July 2017, reports The Hill.
Trump initially praised Mattis last Thursday after announcing his departure, tweeting that the retired Marine Corps general would be exiting “with distinction” and was a “great help” in his efforts to strengthen the US military. Trump’s decision to speed up Mattis’s departure is likely to further rattle lawmakers, national security professionals and US allies who saw the retired general as a stalwart defender of the post-World War II international order that the president has derided as unfair to America.
It also means Mattis will not oversee US troop drawdowns in Syria and Afghanistan, two decisions he opposed and that ultimately helped trigger his resignation.The reshuffle at the Pentagon comes as Trump has entered perhaps the most tumultuous stage of his presidency, confronting a government shutdown, signs of a slowing economy and intensifying investigations into his campaign’s possible ties to Russia and his businesses.
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