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Trump Forces Defense Secretary Mattis to Leave by January 1, Will Replace Him With Deputy
Written by <a href="index.php?option=com_comprofiler&task=userProfile&user=24110"><span class="small">Daniel Politi, Slate</span></a>   
Monday, 24 December 2018 09:30

Politi writes: "The commander in chief is moving forward with a plan to force Mattis to resign nearly two months earlier than planned."

Jim Mattis. (photo: Jawad Jalali/EPA)
Jim Mattis. (photo: Jawad Jalali/EPA)

Trump Forces Defense Secretary Mattis to Leave by January 1, Will Replace Him With Deputy

By Daniel Politi, Slate

24 December 18


resident Donald Trump apparently couldn’t contain his anger any longer. Fuming over the negative coverage that was sparked by the resignation of Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, the commander in chief is moving forward with a plan to force him to resign nearly two months earlier than planned. Trump took to Twitter Sunday morning to announced that Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will be taking over as acting secretary of Defense on Jan. 1. “Patrick has a long list of accomplishments while serving as Deputy, & previously Boeing,” Trump wrote. “He will be great!” Mattis had said he would stay in his post until Feb. 28 to ensure a smooth transition.

Trump’s announcement came shortly after the New York Times reported that Trump had been telling aides he wanted to get rid of Mattis. Although Trump had praised Mattis when he first announced he was leaving, it seems the commander in chief didn’t quite understand how much the outgoing defense secretary had criticized him in his resignation letter. As days passed and the media increasingly characterized the resignation as a rebuke on his policies, Trump reportedly got increasingly mad and wanted him to leave right away. That anger was evident Saturday night, when he wrote on Twitter that he had given Mattis a “second chance.”

Trump is apparently fond of Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, at least in part “because he often tells the president that he is correct to complain about the expense of defense systems,” notes the Times.

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+1 # Anne Frank 2018-12-24 14:05
How the corporate media have the tv-watching masses foaming red at the mouth at Mattis' departure from government. How we love our bloodthirsty war criminals. The corporate media censor his history of mass murder of civilians in Iraq.
0 # Texas Aggie 2018-12-26 12:37
Being Manichean is not helpful. Granted the things that happened in Iraq under his command were dreadful and he deserves condemnation for that. But he also did what he could to protect us from Individual 1's tirades. For that he deserves praise.

Condemning him completely for the bad that he's done despite the good he has done is like condemning Obama for his attack on whistleblowers, his protection of Wall St., his obeisance to the right wing religionists , and his drone attacks on innocent people while not giving him credit for the ACA and Lily Ledbetter and the removal of the Don't ask, Don't tell policy.
+1 # Rodion Raskolnikov 2018-12-24 21:45
Mattis should get the same treatment that he gave to the citizens of Fallujah.

At least now the Pentagon is clear -- a former Boeing executive is running the cash distribution center for weapons makers. He'll be passing out trillions of dollars from American citizens to his corporate friends. All other secretaries of defense did the same thing, but they pretended it was about "defense." Now there is no pretense. It is just about the transfer of cash from us to our oligarchs. Soon all the military uniforms in the building will be replaced by Brooks Brothers Suits.