Mattis sends holiday message to military members, and says ‘storm clouds loom’

Mattis sends holiday message to military members, and says ‘storm clouds loom’

Mattis sends holiday message to military members, and says ‘storm clouds loom’

Mattis' resignation letter was delivered shortly after Trump's decision to announce a unilateral US withdrawal from Syria and a decision to also leave the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.

In an interview with the Seattle Times, Tom Mattis, the older brother of soon-to-be-former Secretary of Defense James Mattis, recalled the phone conservation he had on Sunday after President Donald Trump chose to move up his brother's departure date to the beginning of the year. He had planned to stay through February, but Trump's decision will put deputy defense chief Patrick Shanahan as acting secretary starting in January.

While the Defense Secretary is famous for his over 40 year Marine Corps career, Tom Mattis was the first to join the Marines.

According to a senior administration official cited by the Washington Post, Mattis was informed of his dismissal by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who had been directed by Trump to inform the secretary of defense.

No anger, " Tom Mattis reportedly said. Fox News has confirmed that McGurk submitted his resignation letter on Friday, a day after Mattis resigned.

"We are substantially subsidizing the Militaries of many VERY rich countries all over the world, while at the same time these countries take total advantage of the USA, and our TAXPAYERS, on Trade", Trump tweeted on Monday, one day after he announced Shanahan's appointment.

"These are two sides that are fighting against one another, and neither one of them will achieve a military victory at this stage", he said.

The message also says, "in this world awash in change, you hold the line". "Far from home, you have earned the gratitude and respect of your fellow citizens and it remains my great privilege to serve alongside you".

Mattis concluded the missive with his own prayer for his men and women, saying, "Merry Christmas and may God hold you safe". "Most don't know your names but all are confident their freedoms and families will be kept safe". Speculation on his meaning may reverberate.

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