WASHINGTON — Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warns bitter political divisions have pushed American society to the "breaking point" in his most extensive public remarks since he resigned in protest from the Trump administration. Mattis also goes into some reasons he left the Trump administration in an excerpt from his book published Wednesday by The Wall Street Journal. The retired Marine general writes he quit in 2018 when he realized his advice to President Donald Trump "no longer resonated" particularly with regard to "keeping faith" with allies. Mattis resigned shortly after Trump announced he was pulling all U.S. troops from Syria. In Mattis' view this amounted to betraying the Syrian Kurdish fighters who'd partnered with American troops to combat the Islamic State group. The essay was adapted from Mattis' book, "Call Sign Chaos: Learning to Lead," being published Sept. 3. … [Read more...] about Ex-Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says US at ‘breaking point’
Hillel Italie, Ap National Writer Updated 2:06 am PDT, Tuesday, May 28, 2019 FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, then-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks with reporters before welcoming Lithuanian Minister of National Defense Raimundas Karoblis to the Pentagon in Washington. Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis has a book coming, but he warns it will not be a “tell-all” about President Donald Trump. less FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, file photo, then-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis speaks with reporters before welcoming Lithuanian Minister of National Defense Raimundas Karoblis to the Pentagon in ... more Photo: Cliff Owen, AP Photo: Cliff Owen, AP Image 1 of / 1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 FILE - In this Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2018, … [Read more...] about Ex-defense secretary Jim Mattis has book coming this summer
David Choi, provided by Published 8:24 pm CDT, Thursday, April 25, 2019 Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis testified he did not observe acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing executive, breaching ethical boundaries while he was in charge at the US Defense Department, according to a report from the Pentagon's inspector general released on Thursday. One of the allegations against Shanahan said he "repeatedly dumped" on Lockheed Martin's F-35 and described it as "f---ed up." Military officials suggested Shanahan's comments referred to the F-35 program and not the aircraft itself. Mattis agreed that Shanahan's scrutiny of the cost of the F-35 was justified: "Secretary Shanahan would have been derelict in his duties if he didn't point that out bluntly and carry out his responsibilities for the tax dollars that we were spending," Mattis told investigators. "I didn't pay him to be a shrinking violet when it came to saving the … [Read more...] about Jim Mattis shuts down allegations that Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan pulled strings for Boeing and called Lockheed Martin’s F-35 ‘f—ed up’
The Trump administration has reportedly asked the Pentagon repeatedly for military strike options against Iran, requests that were derailed by former Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis. The National Security Council, led by White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, asked for these options last fall in response to an unsuccessful attack on the diplomatic quarter in Baghdad, Iraq by militants aligned with Iran. A little over a year earlier, President Donald Trump asked for options to sink the Iranian speedboats that have harassed US warships. Mattis resigned on December 20, 2018, leaving the Pentagon about two weeks later. Former Secretary of Defence Jim Mattis was reportedly a bulwark inside the Trump administration who blocked the use of force against Iran, raising questions about whether the US will launch more strikes in his absence.. The Trump administration, specifically the national security team led by hawkish White House National Security Advisor John Bolton, … [Read more...] about The Trump administration has been itching for a fight with Iran, but Mattis held it back. Now he’s gone.
Former Defence Secretary Jim Mattis reportedly told President Donald Trump that declaring a national emergency was the most realistic way to build the wall along the southern border. He told Trump the Pentagon would be able to help, according to The Wall Street Journal. A national emergency declaration has become an increasingly likely option for Trump, as a government shutdown stretches into its 21st day. Congressional Democrats have refused to supply Trump’s requested $US5.7 billion in wall funding, and Trump has refused to back down on his demands for a physical barrier. Former Defence Secretary Jim Mattis reportedly told President Donald Trump just months before his resignation in December that declaring a national emergency would be the most realistic way to build the border wall. Mattis even told Trump the Pentagon would be able to help build the wall, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing people briefed on the conversation. As a government shutdown over … [Read more...] about Mattis reportedly told Trump before he resigned that a national emergency was the most realistic option to get the wall and the Pentagon could help build it