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Murkowski Praises Mattis, Says She’s Unsure If She Will Vote For Trump

Republican Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski expressed support for former Defense Secretary James Mattis on Thursday after he harshly criticized President Trump in a statement originally published in The Atlantic. Murkowski described Mattis’ statement as “true and honest and necessary” before admitting that she has struggled with the decision over whether she will vote for the president in November. “When I ...

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Mattis: Keep The Faith In Our Country

Defense Secretary James Mattis delivered a final message to the military Monday before he transfers authority to his deputy Patrick Shanahan. In his farewell address, Mattis told his fellow Department of Defense employees to “keep the faith in our country and hold fast, alongside our allies, aligned against our foes.” Mattis announced his resignation Dec. 20 after clashing with President ...

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President Trump pushes Mattis out ahead of resignation date

President Donald Trump announced Sunday that Secretary of Defense James Mattis will leave the administration well before the date offered in his resignation. “I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, will assume the title of Acting Secretary of Defense starting January 1, 2019,” the president wrote on Twitter. “Patrick has a long ...

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Defense Secretary Mattis to leave White House in February [full resignation letter]

Secretary of Defense James Mattis has offered his resignation to President Donald Trump effective February 28, 2019. Mattis spoke of relationships with allies, his agreement with Trump that the U.S. should not the policeman of the world and appreciated the achievements that the administration had made on rebuilding the military. The Defense Secretary then concluded his resignation letter saying: “Because ...

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Israel Begins Effort to Counter Lebanese Hezbollah Tunnels

Israeli defense forces have begun an effort to counter tunnels dug in Northern Israel by the Lebanese Hezbollah group, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis told reporters traveling with him to Ottawa, Canada. The secretary is scheduled to participate in what he described as a small-group meeting in Ottawa to discuss defeating the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Israel is ...

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U.S., India Strengthen Defense Cooperation

Defense Secretary James Mattis welcomed Indian Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to the Pentagon today for the fourth set of talks the two defense leaders have held this year. Both said the U.S.-India friendship is getting closer and praised the progress being made. Both nations share “the same principles, values and respect for the rules-based international order,” Mattis said at the ...

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Mattis: No ‘Smoking Gun’ in murder of Saudi journalist Khashoggi

By Josh Yasmeh Defense Secretary Jim Mattis says many American political leaders and the media have jumped the gun in blaming Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince for the October murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “Right now, we do not have a smoking gun that the Crown Prince was involved,” Mattis said Saturday. Mattis was echoing the views of President Trump ...

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Mattis: Actions in Ukraine Show Russia’s Word Cannot Be Trusted

By Jim Garamone – Defense.gov WASHINGTON — Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian ships in the Sea of Azov in contradiction to signed treaties and the Law of the Sea show that Russia cannot be counted on to keep its word, Defense Secretary James N. Mattis said at the Pentagon today. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis discusses Russia’s seizure of three Ukrainian ...

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Mattis: Russia and China are greatest threats to U.S., Iran and North Korea are threats to neighbors

General Mattis Senate Confirmation live stream

Defense Secretary James N. Mattis shared the thinking behind the new National Defense Strategy during a discussion at the United States Institute of Peace in Washington yesterday. Defense Secretary James N. Mattis speaks at the United States Institute of Peace, in a discussion moderated by Stephen J. Hadley, the chair of the institute’s board of directors, in Washington, Oct. 30, ...

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Defense Secretary Mattis to order up to 1,000 active duty troops to the Southern Border

Secretary of Defense James Mattis will sign an order sending between 800 and 1,000 troops to the U.S.-Mexico border to halt the advance of the Migrant Mob making its way through Mexico, according to a U.S. government official. The report comes just hours after President Donald Trump said that he would be sending the military to the border. “Democrat inspired ...

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Trump and administration officials suddenly cancel trips

President Donald Trump canceled his trip to the Summit of the Americas on Tuesday, other members of his administration have also canceled trips planned for this week. “President Trump will not attend the 8th Summit of the Americas in Lima, Peru or travel to Bogota, Colombia as originally scheduled,” White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Tuesday. ...

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Watch: White House Press Briefing 2-7-18 James Mattis and Sarah Sanders [video + transcript]

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White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and Secretary of Defense James Mattis hold a briefing to update the media on the events and issues of the day including: Congressional funding of the government Trump’s “shutdown” comments on immigration fix New sanctions on North Korea The National Vetting Center Trump ordering a military parade to show appreciation for the troops Status of ...

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