Defense Secretary “Mad Dog” Mattis to Retire, Trump Says, Due to Syria Tension


Quinn Summerville, Reporter

Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, a living Marine Corps legend who made history by securing special permission from Congress to lead the Pentagon, plans on retiring due to disagreements over the Syrian conflict between himself and the Commander in Chief, President Trump.

The president made the announcement via Twitter Thursday evening.

“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!”