Jim Mattis

  • Jim Mattis Jun 4

    Ex-Defense Chief Mattis Rips Trump for Dividing Americans

    Former defense secretary James Mattis is denouncing President Donald Trump’s heavy-handed use of military force to quell protests near the White House and says his former boss is setting up a “false conflict” between the military and civilian society

  • social media Sep 5, 2019

    Amazon.com Apologizes for Shipping Atwood Novel Early

    Amazon.com is apologizing for a “technical error” which led to some copies of Margaret Atwood’s “The Testaments,” the year’s most anticipated novel, being “inadvertently” sent early.

  • Donald Trump Jul 13, 2019

    Neozelandeses Devuelven Armas De Calibre Militar Tras Prohibición

    The Trump administration had a full day responding to President Donald Trump’s Thursday missile strike on Syria, following news of a gas attack that killed more than 80 people. While Secretary of State Rex Tillerson urged Russia to abandon Syria as an ally, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis fielded domestic concerns at the Pentagon, promising “a very, very stiff price” for...

  • Donald Trump Jun 18, 2019

    Shanahan Drops Bid to Lead Pentagon, Citing ‘Painful' Past

    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan stepped down Tuesday before his formal nomination ever went to the Senate, citing a “painful” family situation that would hurt his children and reopen “wounds we have worked years to heal.” President Donald Trump announced Shanahan’s departure in a tweet, and said Army Secretary Mark Esper would be the new acting Pentagon chief.

  • Donald Trump May 9, 2019

    Trump to Nominate Shanahan for Top Pentagon Post

    President Donald Trump on Thursday said he will nominate Patrick Shanahan to be his second secretary of defense, putting an end to months of speculation about the former Boeing executive’s standing in the administration. Shanahan has been leading the Pentagon as acting secretary since Jan. 1, a highly unusual arrangement for arguably the most sensitive Cabinet position. He took over...

  • Donald Trump Feb 20, 2019

    Pentagon Chief's Syria Briefing Irks Lawmakers

    Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan clashed with Sen. Lindsey Graham over the administration’s Syria policy during a briefing last weekend, prompting Graham to unleash a string of expletives and declare himself Shanahan’s “adversary,” NBC News reported, citing two officials in the briefing and three others familiar with the conversation. The contentious briefing on the sidelines of the Munich Security...

  • Donald Trump Jan 14, 2019

    Trump Says US Will Hurt Turkey Economically If It Hits Kurds

    President Donald Trump’s warning that if Turkey attacks U.S.-backed Kurdish forces in Syria, the United States will “devastate Turkey economically” has drawn a sharp response from Ankara and President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s spokesman. Trump’s decision to pull American troops out of Syria has left the United States’ Kurdish allies in the war against the Islamic State group vulnerable to an...

  • Massachusetts Jan 2, 2019

    New GOP Rivalry? Romney Barrels Into DC Blistering Trump

    Days away from joining the Senate’s Republican majority, Sen.-elect Mitt Romney broadly criticized President Donald Trump’s policies and character and argued that the president “has not risen to the mantle of the office.” “With the nation so divided, resentful and angry, presidential leadership in qualities of character is indispensable,” the Utah Republican and 2012 presidential nominee wrote in a Washington...

  • Donald Trump Dec 31, 2018

    Former Afghanistan Commander Warns of Plan to Cut Troops

    The former top U.S. commander in Afghanistan said Sunday that withdrawing up to half the 14,000 American troops serving there would reduce the incentive for the Taliban to negotiate a peace deal after more than 17 years of war. Retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal said the U.S. has “basically traded away the biggest leverage point we have.” McChrystal’s comments were in...

  • Donald Trump Dec 23, 2018

    After Criticism, Trump Pushes Out Mattis Sooner Than Planned

    Irritated with the criticism and fallout from Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ resignation, President Donald Trump on Sunday pushed the Pentagon chief out the door two months earlier than planned, an acrimonious end to a tense relationship that had been eroding in recent months. In a series of tweets, Trump appeared to question why he had put Mattis in his Cabinet...

  • Donald Trump Dec 21, 2018

    Schumer: ‘Trump Is Plunging the Country Into Chaos'

    Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and Rep. Nancy Pelosi reacted to President Donald Trump’s refusal to back a bill averting a government shutdown Thursday. Schumer said that between the possible shutdown, the falling stock market and the resignation of Defense Secretary of Jim Mattis, Trump is “plunging the country into chaos.”

  • Iraq Dec 21, 2018

    Read Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' Resignation Letter

    Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is resigning from the Trump administration at the end of February so President Donald Trump can have someone in the role with views on defense that are closey aligned with his own. Mattis told Trump he has “the right to have a Secretary of Defense whose views are better aligned with yours” on subjects like how...

  • Donald Trump Nov 30, 2018

    US to Keep About 4,000 Troops at Border Through January

    U.S. officials say the number of active-duty troops on the border with Mexico will drop from 5,600 to about 4,000, and their deployment will be extended through the end of January. Officials say the Department of Homeland Security submitted a formal request for the additional military support Friday. It hasn’t been approved by Defense Secretary Jim Mattis. But military officials...

  • Donald Trump Oct 30, 2018

    Pentagon Sending 5,200 Troops to Border Week Before Midterms

    The Pentagon said Monday it is sending 5,200 troops to the Southwest border in an extraordinary military operation ordered up just a week before midterm elections in which President Donald Trump has put a sharp focus on Central American migrants moving north in slow-moving caravans that are still hundreds of miles from the U.S. The number of troops being deployed...

  • China Oct 3, 2018

    US to Offer Cyberwar Capabilities to NATO Allies

    Acting to counter Russia’s aggressive use of cyberattacks across Europe and around the world, the U.S. is expected to announce that, if asked, it will use its formidable cyberwarfare capabilities on NATO’s behalf, according to a senior U.S. official. The announcement is expected in the coming days as U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis attends a meeting of NATO defense ministers...

  • Donald Trump Aug 29, 2018

    Trump Says Korea Military Drills Could Be Restarted

    President Donald Trump said Wednesday that there’s no reason to spend a lot of money on military wargames with South Korea, but warned he could “instantly” relaunch the exercises again and they would be “far bigger than ever before.” Trump made the comment in a series of tweets that primarily took aim at China, blaming it for lack of progress...

  • Donald Trump Aug 17, 2018

    Further Taliban Assaults Likely in Afghanistan: Mattis

    The Taliban is likely to keep up its recent surge of violence in advance of scheduled parliamentary elections in October but Western-backed Afghan defenses will not break, U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said Thursday. In his most detailed comments on the Taliban’s assault on the eastern city of Ghazni since it began Aug. 10, Mattis said the Taliban had six...

  • Donald Trump Aug 9, 2018

    Pence Outlines US Space Force Plan for ‘Next Battlefield”

    Pointing to growing threats and competition from Russia and China, the White House on Thursday announced ambitious plans to create the U.S. Space Force as a sixth, separate military warfighting service by 2020. The proposal taps into the American public’s long fascination with space but with a military focus, and it faces daunting hurdles. It requires congressional approval and has...

  • Attorney Jul 18, 2018

    US Army Reverses Course on Discharging Immigrant Recruit From Massachusetts

    The U.S. Army has reversed its decision to discharge an immigrant reservist who sued when he was booted from the military last month after enlisting with a promised path to citizenship, according to court filings and his attorney.

  • Donald Trump Jun 22, 2018

    Fact Check: Trump Falsely Claims Progress on N. Korea Nukes

    President Donald Trump is trumpeting results of his summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un that get ahead of reality. He is declaring that North Korea has already begun ridding itself fully of nuclear weapons following an agreement with Kim in Singapore earlier this month, even though his Defense Department says otherwise. Trump also prematurely claimed the return of...

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