WASHINGTON (AP) Defense Secretary Jim Mattis resigned after clashing with President Donald Trump over the abrupt withdrawal of U.S. troops from Syria and after two years of deep disagreements over Americas role in the world.
Mattis, perhaps the most respected foreign policy official in Trumps administration, will leave by the end of February after two tumultuous years struggling to soften and moderate the presidents hardline and sometimes sharply changing policies. He told Trump in a letter that he was leaving because you have a right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours.
Mattis went to the White House on Thursday with his resignation letter in hand to meet with the president and spoke to Trump for about 45 minutes, according to a senior U.S. official familiar with the incident but speaking on conditions of anonymity to discuss a private meeting.
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