WASHINGTON (CBS NEWS) – Defense Secretary James Mattis will leave the Trump Administration at the end of February, he informed President Trump in a letter Thursday.
The defense secretary said he is stepping down because of the differences in viewpoints with Mr. Trump.READ MORE: Shooting And Flipped Vehicle Results In Section Of LBJ Freeway In Balch Springs Shut Down For Hours
“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.
Mr. Trump announced the news in a tweet and praised Mattis’ tenure as secretary.READ MORE: Suspect Charged In Connection With Gas Explosion At Dallas Apartment Complex
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