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Defense Secretary James Mattis to resign

Posted: 4:30 PM, Dec 20, 2018
Updated: 2018-12-20 19:08:22-05

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump has announced that Defense Secretary Jim Mattis will retire at the end of February.

 

Trump says on Twitter that a new secretary of defense will be named soon.

Trump’s announcement comes a day after he surprised U.S. allies and members of Congress by announcing the withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria.

Mattis, 68, is a former United States Marine Corps general.

During his lifetime of military service, Mattis received a well-earned reputation for his intellectualism.

From 2007-2010, he commanded the United States Joint Forces Commanded while serving at the same time as NATO’s Supreme Allied Commander Transformation. He served from 2010-13 as commander of United States Central Command.

And after retiring from the military, he served in a variety of private sector roles, including a board member of health technology company Theranos.