Mattis Serves Among Troops on Christmas, Living Out Motto of 'Semper Fi'

Mattis Serves Among Troops on Christmas, Living Out Motto of 'Semper Fi'

Mattis Serves Among Troops on Christmas, Living Out Motto of 'Semper Fi'

Shanahan has never served in the military, but he was a top executive at Boeing Co.

Yet it may be tempting to read between the lines of his holiday note, given the tone and content of Mattis's resignation letter.

In the resignation letter, James Mattis said he planned on staying until the end of February to ensure a permeant replacement could be chosen and to attend a previously scheduled North Atlantic Treaty Organisation meeting.

"1. We in the USA military are privileged to defend America, especially at this time of year, for we ensure our fellow Americans celebrate this season of hope in peace and safety". They must do so just weeks ahead of Trump's January 22 State of the Union address, an event at which presidents often roll out new policy plans.

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Sharif's second term as prime minister ended in 1999 after he was deposed by then army chief Pervez Musharraf in a bloodless coup. Thereafter, scrap machinery was transported from their Ahli Steel Mills in Dubai to Jeddah to establish Al-Azizia in 2001.

China's Defence Ministry criticized outgoing U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis on Thursday for his "false accusations" against China, but also offered praise for his efforts to promote Sino-U.S. military ties, Trend reports referring to Reuters.

The president downplayed the news via Twitter Saturday evening, saying he had neither met McGurk nor appointed him. "Was supposed to leave in February but he just resigned prior to leaving", Trump tweeted.

The spokesperson for the Russian Foreign Ministry said on Wednesday the planned withdrawal of half of American troops from Afghanistan was "a step in the right direction". While President Obama repeatedly promised to pull all troops out of Afghanistan by 2014, USA and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation forces remain there in a predominately training and advising role. More than 2,400 American soldiers have died in Afghanistan since the 2001 US -led invasion, and Trump announced in a video last week that troop deaths were on his mind in announcing the pullouts.

On Thursday, Mattis submitted his resignation to Trump after the US President chose to withdraw all US troops from Syria.

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