Early Thursday evening, in a dual pair of tweets, our transparent President announced General Jim Mattis’ retirement at the end of February.
President Trump said he is retiring with “distinction” and the political world and most of America would agree. (Video below.)
In a shocking announcement President Trump told the world about the Secretary of Defense’s retirement.
The announcement came as somewhat of a shock wave across the world. General Mattis’ retirement was not expected. One thing is certain, it was kept close to the White House and Pentagon. It’s a tight ship.
President Trump said General Jim Mattis will be retiring “with distinction” and gave him credit for the new “fighting equipment.”
Specifically, the President tweeted, “General Jim Mattis will be retiring, with distinction, at the end of February, after having served my Administration as Secretary of Defense for the past two years. During Jim’s tenure, tremendous progress has been made, especially with respect to the purchase of new fighting….”
“….equipment. General Mattis was a great help to me in getting allies and other countries to pay their share of military obligations. A new Secretary of Defense will be named shortly. I greatly thank Jim for his service!” the President ended his announcement.” (Video below.)
It was not a forced resignation.
Fox News reported shortly after the tweet announcement, “A senior U.S. defense official told Fox News that Mattis was not pushed out of his role and this was not a forced resignation.”
“‘He informed his staff after returning from the White House this afternoon’, Pentagon spokesperson Dana White said,” per Fox News.
“Fox News is told that Mattis met with Trump at 3 pm and later called his staff together for a meeting a little after 5 pm.” (Video below.)
WATCH Jason Chaffetz speak on Fox News about Defense Secretary James Mattis who is retiring at the end of February.
See President Trump’s tweets:
….equipment. General Mattis was a great help to me in getting allies and other countries to pay their share of military obligations. A new Secretary of Defense will be named shortly. I greatly thank Jim for his service!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 20, 2018