James Mattis enlisted in the US Marine Corp in 1969 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant due to this having a master’s degree.
After 44-years of a highly decorated service to the nation, Mattis retired in 2013 after attaining the rank of General (4-stars).
He was one of the first appointees of newly sworn in President Donald Trump, becoming the nation’s 26th Secretary of Defense.
During an interview over the weekend, Trump described Mattis as kind of a Democrat and indicated that Mattis might be leaving the administration soon, but gave no evidence or reason why.
Trump told Lesley Stahl of “60 Minutes” that Mattis hasn’t told him that he intends to leave his post, but demurred when asked if he’d like to see the general depart the Cabinet.
“I have a very good relationship with him,” Trump said. “I had lunch with him two days ago. I have a very good relationship with him. It could be that he is.”
“I think he’s sort of a Democrat, if you want to know the truth,” the president continued. “But Gen. Mattis is a good guy. We get along very well. He may leave. I mean, at some point, everybody leaves. Everybody. People leave. That’s Washington.” …
There have been rumors circulating the nation’s capital for weeks about Mattis leaving, but to date, both Mattis and Trump have denied the rumors.
It’s no secret that Trump and Mattis have had differences and some are surprised that Mattis has lasted this long.
First UN Ambassador Nikki Haley announced her resignation and now Trump indicated that Mattis could be leaving soon.
Trump also indicated that there could be additional departures from his administration and rumors have fingered Attorney General Jeff Sessions as the next to go.
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