After a confrontation with US President Donald Trump, Defence Secretary Jim Mattis threw his resignation over the withdrawal matter of US troops from Syria, claiming in an adieu letter that the President needed someone atop the Pentagon who is “better aligned” with his viewpoints. The ex-Marine general resigned surprisingly a day after Trump reversed his advisers, along with Jim Mattis and wondered American allies by declaring the withdrawal. In the proceedings, Trump announced victory over the ISIS, even though the Pentagon and the State Department for months have been claiming the combat against the group in Syria is not over. The contention caused Trump to terminate a Cabinet official who won worldwide praise at home and overseas but who seasoned escalating differences with the commander in Chief. Long seen as a rampart against the isolationist of Trump and more extreme instincts, Mattis was a calm “reassurer-in-chief” as the President distributed amazing and tempestuous tweets. The departure of Mattis includes new unpredictability about which course the administration might take on its international challenges.
Mattis highlighted some differences with Trump in a resignation letter he surrendered to the White House. The retired general highlighted that the United States emerged its strength from its bondings with allies and should entertain them with proper respect. He said the country must also be “clear-eyed” about ultimatums, including from groups such as the ISIS.
Mattis wrote, “We must do everything possible to advance an international order that is most conducive to our security, prosperity and values, and we are strengthened in this effort by the solidarity of our alliances ”.