President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he essentially "fired" former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, criticizing the outgoing defense chief's service in the Marine Corps and his two years leading the Defense Department. I hope he does well. 'As you know, President Obama fired him, and essentially so did I, ' Trump said before the start of a Cabinet meeting with acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan at his side.
Among the most immediate issues on his plate will be the pace at which the United States pulls 2,200 or so troops out of Syria, following Trump's decision last month to exit the war-torn country. Although Trump has declared victory there, critics warn Islamic State still has a toehold in Syria and could stage a comeback if U.S. forces depart.
Trump reportedly considering Jim Webb to replace Mattis White House considering Jim Webb as Mattis replacement: report MORE, a former Boeing executive and deputy Defense secretary since July 2017, is now serving as acting Defense secretary.
"We have some great allies, but a lot of our allies were taking advantage of our taxpayers and our country", Trump said. Posing for a photo with Trump is Lieutenant Commander Kyu Lee, who said he is the chaplain of Navy SEAL Team Five.
"We're withdrawing", Trump said, adding it would happen "over a period of time".
Trump told Shanahan he was "such a pleasure" to work with and that he had "done a really fantastic job" with regard to the border.
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Shanahan officially took office on Tuesday, replacing James Mattis.
It said Republican senators Tom Cotton and Lindsey Graham and former Republican Senator Jim Talent had also been mentioned as possible replacements for Mattis.
Shanahan had worked in the private sector and had no military or diplomatic experience when Trump appointed him deputy defense secretary in 2017.
During Shanahan's tense Senate confirmation hearing in 2017, the committee's then-chairman, John McCain, voiced deep concern about giving the deputy job to an executive from one of the five corporations accounting for the lion's share of U.S. defense spending.
Lt. Col. Joe Buccino, a spokesman for the deputy secretary at the time, told Bloomberg Government on December 21, 2018, that "the Department's legal advisors have a screening process to ensure that Boeing-related issues are not routed to Mr. Shanahan". He also announced that Pentagon Comptroller David Norquist would take on his former duties as Deputy Defense Secretary.