Donald Trump doesn’t really give a shit….
Jim Mattis has been getting good media/press….
He HAS agreed to step down due to NOT agreeing with his boss , who others have described as a inept and loss cannon….
He has also been widely seen as the only adult left in the Trump admin….
Donald Trump seems to be pissed and wants the former general gone….
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 abrupt decision comes as Trump’s anger has boiled over at Mattis’s resignation letter, which was widely seen as a rebuke of the president’s foreign policy and received widespread coverage on cable news.
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 U.S. military.
But after Mattis handed Trump his resignation letter, which said he would leave Feb. 28, people in Washington expressed shock at how forceful the Defense secretary was in rebuking the president’s stances on issues like overseas alliances and relationships with adversaries.
One former White House official who worked closely with Mattis’s team described the letter as “a 21 gun f— you.”…..
By the way?
This probably did NOT help Mattis coming out in the media….
“I was one of many senators who privately sat down with General Mattis and said, ‘Please stay, stay as long as you possibly can,‘“ Durbin (D-Ill.) said on NBC’s Meet the Press.“ “We desperately need your mature voice, your patriotism in the room when this president’s making life or death decisions about national security. But it obviously reached a breaking point.“
Added the No. 2 Democrat in the Senate: “It breaks my heart that he’s going to step aside. We counted on him to be there and to stop this president from his worst impulse.”