Defense Secretary James Mattis resigned Thursday citing irreconcilable policy differences with president Trump which gave him no choice than to step down from his position.
“Because you have the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours on these and other subjects, I believe it is right for me to step down from my position,” Mattis wrote in his letter to the President.
Mattis’ resignation comes just a day after the President ordered the “full” and “rapid” withdrawal of US troops from Syria over the objections of Mattis, other senior officials and scores of lawmakers, who declared it a strategic blunder.
It was reported that Mattis was “vehemently opposed” to the Syria decision and a possible Afghanistan troop withdrawal.
In his letter, Mattis pointedly stated that the strength of the US depends in part on the strength of its alliances around the globe, many of which have become notably frayed under Trump.
“One core belief I have always held is that our strength as a nation is inextricably linked to the strength of our unique and comprehensive system of alliances and partnerships. While the US remains the indispensable nation in the free world, we cannot protect our interests or serve that role effectively without maintaining strong alliances and showing respect to those allies,” he added.