It is a change of personnel of a special kind: U.S. Secretary of defense James Mattis is the end of February from his Post in Protest against the course of President Donald Trump.

On Thursday evening (local time) announced Trump the departure via Twitter. Mattis reported shortly afterwards in a public-made resignation letter to Trump. In it, he called fundamental substantive differences with the President as the reason for its withdrawal.

determines the decision also Trumps to be highly controversial decision all US soldiers out of Syria to be deducted. Politicians from Democrats and Republicans reacted shocked on Mattis’ announcement: in your assessment, the last voice of reason disappears with him in the Trump Administration.

Mattis is since trump took office in January of 2017, at the top of the Pentagon. The Four-star General with a long military career behind him. He is quiet, careful, and disciplined. None, of the crowd in the foreground. Pithy sayings are not his thing. Mattis is one of the last in the Trumps government, with terms such as restraint or integrity. He enjoys a Reputation among Republicans as Democrats.

public opposition against the President, Mattis held back so far – even if he was often of a different opinion. He preferred to work in the Background as a moderator, rather than public confrontation. Once he said that his advice to the President was confidential. His loyalty Trumps brought him.

the American media that tried to Mattis also in the case of Syria, the President to change his mind. On Thursday, he will have to Trump to believe – but without success. As a result, he had declared his retreat.

Trump announced on Wednesday a surprise that he wants to get all of the 2000 U.S. soldiers from Syria and the terror organization IS finally defeated. The Outcry was great: in the United States and far beyond the country’s borders. Even party friends of Trump were shocked and called a hasty withdrawal as fatal. According to the experts, the is is defeated by no means. According to US media reports, Trump was all the warnings from his environment – also on the advice of Mattis.

Shortly after its withdrawal announcement, the message showed up on Thursday evening (local time), the US government wanted to pull out of Afghanistan half of their 14 000 soldiers. A step that goes against Mattis’ course. Also that speaks volumes.

In his resignation letter described Mattis in detail, what is repugnant to him. And he stressed the importance of international alliances. It was essential for US to maintain strong partnerships and treat allies with respect, – such as the Nato and the international Anti-IS Alliance. At the same time, the United States would have to occur unequivocally in its attitude towards countries such as Russia and China, whose interests ran counter to their own.

“Because you have the right to a defence Minister whose positions are on your line in this and in other matters, I believe it is right to vacate my Post,” wrote Mattis at Trump. The President has made rather a name in order to push international partners to a series of in front of the head and demonstrate the unusual proximity of former opponents. A course, the Mattis not support want.

Trump tried to dispel any appearance of differences with Mattis and praised its work. However, Mattis’ extremely clear words let this not whitewash.

The front woman of the Democrats in the U.S. house of representatives, Nancy Pelosi, called Mattis’ Write a “beautiful letter about our values”. Mattis was a “voice of stability” in the Trumps of the Cabinet. That he was going, stunning you. “This is a very sad day for our country.” The group leaders of the Democrats in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, made in Trumps Administration complete mess.

Mattis is also the time of the generals in the Administration Trumps to the end. Previously, the highly decorated military Michael Flynn, and Herbert Raymond were already McMaster excreted, for the new year, also chief of staff, John Kelly, also Ex-military.

several other staff changes. Trump fires in a high cycle number of people from the own team and has more and more problems, the occupy Posts. The Job of the joint chiefs of staff, several candidates rejected recently, with thanks. For Trumps external impact is fatal. He is now also respected people from the Cabinet run, is also a violent image.

Increasingly, Republican, register now concerned. The Echo Trumps Syria-decision in his own party, was devastating. And also, the withdrawal of Mattis prepares here. The Top Republicans Mitch McConnell, majority leader in the Senate, was unusually clear: He was “particularly shocked” that Mattis will go because of differences with the President. The USA would need to retain a clear understanding of who was friend and who enemy. McConnell, Trump called on urgently to appoint a successor, of these basic principles of Mattis parts.


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Teodora Torrendo is an investigative journalist and is a correspondent for European Union. She is based in Zurich in Switzerland and her field of work include covering human rights violations which take place in the various countries in and outside Europe. She also reports about the political situation in European Union. She has worked with some reputed companies in Europe and is currently contributing to USA News as a freelance journalist. As someone who has a Masters’ degree in Human Rights she also delivers lectures on Intercultural Management to students of Human Rights. She is also an authority on the Arab world politics and their diversity.


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